Battle of the Garage Bands 2018


As part of CarFest 2018, we are proud to announce the return of Battle of the Garage Bands.

This is an opportunity for all genres from local area bands to enjoy some friendly competition and gain publicity and prestige. The top ten entries and finals competition at CarFest will be judged by experts in the music industry. The event takes place on April 7, 2018, from noon to 4:00 p.m. during CarFest at the Expo Hall on the grounds of the Joe & Harry Freeman Coliseum.

  • Entries will be accepted until midnight, February 25th.
  • Interested bands, please fill out the submission form AND submit one (1) song (not to exceed 5 minutes) that has been recorded LIVE (no editing please) to, or send a link to your YouTube video to the same email address. All bands submitting entries will be notified by March 3rd.
  • There is a $25 entry fee that must be paid at the time of form submission via the “donate” button below.
  • Bands will be judged on the following criteria: audience favorite/participation (People’s Choice), musicality (skill level), stage presence, preparation (of performance) and originality.
  • The Battle of the Garage Bands is part of the two-day CarFest 2018 event, held at the Expo Hall on April 6-8, 2018. The event is FREE to the public.



We’ve got some amazing prizes lined up this year for those who top the charts at CarFest 2018, thanks in to our 2018 sponsors Black Dog Media Group and Rift Music Group. These include:

  1. Discounted Band Website ($750 value)
  2. Band One Sheet and Press Release ($550 value)

  3. Radio Interview on Texas Home Grown Radio ($500 value)

  4. A Management Consultation focusing on Strategic Band Development ($1000 value)

  5. The Opportunity to Open for a Rift Artist (TBD) on a Mainstage at CarFest OR other Rift Production ($1500 value)

  6. Creative Entertainment Associates Radio Promo – 1 single for a 16 week promotion ($6000 value)!!!!!

Don’t forget to fill out the entry form below to have a chance at these life-altering prizes. And check back after February 25th to see which bands made the final cut for the Battle of the Garage Bands 2018!

Battle of the Garage Bands

  • A link will be posted on our website
  • A link will be posted on our website.
    Please send a LIVE video or link to your YouTube song to before February 25th.





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