HIGHLAND PARK, Sick., March 22, 2022 (Globe NEWSWIRE) — The Bitter Jester New music Festival returns for its 16th time of dwell live shows this May possibly and is now in search of bands and solo musicians to utilize on line. BJMF is recognized for showcasing extremely gifted rising musicians from throughout the Midwest at its free of charge weekly competition concert sequence in Downtown Highland Park’s Port Clinton Sq. just about every summer.
The 2022 Friday concert events will begin at 6:30 p.m. May well 20 & 27 and June 3 & 10 with craft beer, wine, pizza, and gelato readily available to patrons.
A Grand Finale Concert that includes the most effective acts of the summer season takes spot on July 4 at Wolters Subject in Highland Park setting up at 3:45 p.m. and concluding with fireworks after dark. The Grand Finale and Friday concerts are all free of charge with free of charge parking.
The competitiveness is only a small portion of the competition. Even though audiences sit back and delight in a variety of musical acts and judges select a winner each individual night, the festival’s producers aim on the performers.
BJMF provides its musicians with a prosperity of instructional and media elements. These include in depth constructive created responses from judges, numerical scores and charts, audio recordings (such as multitracks), a no cost live performance photo shoot, true-time recorded verbal suggestions, podcast interviews, ongoing social media publicity, networking alternatives, and far more.
A “Greatest Of” concert occurs on Labor Day at Navy Pier’s Beer Backyard (2-8 p.m.) and 1 successful band will be picked as an opening act at Ravinia Pageant on the Carousel Phase in 2023. While 50 % the band members will have to be 21 or youthful, a new partnership with Harry Caray’s Tavern in Chicago offers previous and present Bitter Jester musicians, irrespective of age, with compensated performance prospects from Memorial Working day via Labor Day.
101.9 The Mix New Songs Club is the festival’s Grand Finale media sponsor the moment once again, furthering the prospective for young bands to have their music read by the masses.
Nicolas DeGrazia, BJMF’s founder and a seven-time Emmy-successful director/producer, assists produce this special occasion in his cost-free time. “No other ‘battle of the bands’ model level of competition puts this substantially time and focus to detail into creating sure all its musicians – no matter of profitable – are taken care of. BJMF performers have enjoyment, master a great deal, grow as artists, and leave with far more data and industry connections than they experienced coming in,” he suggests.
DeGrazia isn’t really the only volunteer practically every person donates their time. “I volunteer for this remarkable firm due to the fact my everyday living was so profoundly formed by it when I was a teen. I would not have absent into songs education if it were not for Bitter Jester,” says BJMF Director of Education Michael Tseitlin, himself a five-time competitor and now Director of Guitar at Stevenson Significant School in Lincolnshire.
The nonprofit festival is funded in part by a grant from the Highland Park Group Basis and different sponsorships, such as aid from the City of Highland Park. City Supervisor Ghida Neukirch describes: “Bitter Jester has grown into a nationally identified, highly regarded corporation and assisted to launch the entertainment professions of so many youthful artists. It really is an honor for us to be portion of their good results.”
Volunteer panels of working musicians, tunes educators, and media industry experts select weekly winners to advance to the Finale alongside 4 “Wild Card” bands preferred by pageant producers. There, a new panel of judges narrows the eight finalists down to two. A solitary-music playoff normally takes put just before the City’s Independence Day fireworks celebration.
Just one winner is topped “Grand Champion” with $1,000, $750, and $500 money prizes generously donated by First Lender of Highland Park. Customized-manufactured brass MVP medallions are awarded to individuals for Vocals, Guitar, Bass, Drums, and Fantastic Musicianship.
“Any younger performer on the lookout to increase their skills, perform for new audiences, satisfy bands their age, and acquire all the building blocks to generate their to start with EPK must use to this festival,” DeGrazia provides. For a lot more details, e mail new [email protected]
Picture 1: BJMF Logo Mashup
Functionality options at Ravinia, Navy Pier, Harry Caray’s, 101.9 FM.
Picture 2: BJMF Grand Finale
The Cuz at Bitter Jester 2019.
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