Band Of The Year 2012 is set to become the premier US competitive event for bands of all genres, providing them the opportunity to promote their music, reach new fans, and be recognized by a select international panel of judges from across the entertainment industry. Bands will perform live in qualifying events in Austin, Dallas, and Houston with the top six bands performing at Austin City Limits Live at the Moody Theater in Austin, Texas on Saturday June 16. Our special guest artists for the evening at ACL-Live include Patrice Pike, Guy Forsyth, Ginger Leigh, John Pointer, and Wendy Colonna. Band Of The Year 2012 is pleased to announce that our special guest for the evening at Stubb’s on Tuesday June 5 is Nakia.
Formula Expo and Music & Arts Present:
Band Of The Year 2012 with:
Jess & The Echoes
Samuel Davidson Project
Soul Track Mind
Karl Morgan Band
BK & Mr. E
Check back here and at www.bandoftheyear2012.com to watch the bands as they progress through the qualifying events at venues such as the House of Blues and Stubb’s.
Band Of The Year 2012 is presented by Formula Expo, the official kick-off event for the Formula 1 United States Grand Prix™. Formula Expo is being held at the Austin Convention Center on the weekend of June 15th. Our host sponsor for Band Of The Year 2012 is Music & Arts, and a portion of the proceeds go to benefit the Health Alliance for Austin Musicians.
Nakia, known for his larger-than-life, soulful vocal performances and ability to connect with an audience, is a true Austin success story. Since his arrival at “The Live Music Capital of the World” in 2002, he has quickly formed alliances with Austin’s best musicians.
Nakia rose to national prominence when a Los Angeles casting agent discovered a performance of him and his band, the “Blues Grifters,” on YouTube. The viral video was shown to producer Mark Burnett, who after seeing Nakia’s searing performance of the Blues classic, “Double Trouble,” demanded that the performer audition for his new show, NBC’s The Voice.
Nakia’s bluesy rendition of “Forget You” earned him a spot on Cee-Lo Green’s team and quickly catapulted him into becoming a fan favorite. His show-stopping performances immediately earned him a spot as one of eight, top finalists for the show, and won him support from several superstars, including William Shatner, Adam Lambert, and Elton John. Nakia, along with his fellow Top Eight finalists from the show, recently toured across the country with The Voice Tour including a sold-out show at New York’s Beacon Theatre. Nakia is currently working on a brand new album and playing shows across the United States.