Battle of the Bands returns to First Night Morris: Enter now and be part of 21st annual entertainment extravaganza

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Editor’s note: First Night organizers have moved up the start time to 5:30 pm on Dec. 14 and Dec. 21.

So you think your band can play?  Now’s the time to prove it!

The Battle of the Bands is returning on New Year’s Eve to First Night Morris 2013  in Morristown. Open to teens and young adults, the competition gets cranking on Dec. 14 at the Morristown Deli at 7 pm 5:30 pm, where Ben Rhodes will perform. On Dec. 21, it’s the Angry Politicians. The top bands–as voted by you online–will square off at First Night.

Top prize is $250 and free lessons at the Original Music School in Morristown. Enter your band here.

Organized in partnership with the Morris County Department of Human Services and the Morris County Municipal Alliances, a grassroots anti-drug coalition, the Battle of the Bands adds some local flavor to a star-studded First Night, which will celebrate its 21st anniversary by featuring nearly 300 world-class artists and 80 events spanning virtually every genre in the entertainment spectrum.

Comedians, hypnotists, classic rockers, kids shows,  jazz legends, symphonies, world music, flea circuses–they’ve even booked the Yankee Stadium organist this year.

“We have something for every taste,” says Dr. Lynn Siebert, who wrangles the acts for the Arts Council of the Morris Area.

See for yourself: Peruse the First Night 2013 roster.

Most events are within easy walking distance in downtown Morristown. Two fireworks displays– over the Morristown Green at 9 pm and midnight–will punctuate the entertainment.

It’s family friendly, alcohol-free, and tons of fun.

Admission badges for First Night are available online and at the Mayo Performing Arts Center at 100 South St. in Morristown. Through Dec. 26, prices are $20 for one badge and $70 for a four-pack. On Dec. 27, prices rise to $25/single and $90/four-pack.

Volunteers get in for free; sign up here.

Glass Cow, a group from Warren Township, won last year’s inaugural Battle of the Bands. Here is video of one of the Cow’s performances:

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