Boston Pops Annouces Competition to Open for Ben Folds for their Sold-Out Concert October 2nd

Submissions to be made through Sonicbids Website

The Boston Pops and singer-songwriter Ben Folds, along with Sonicbids, an online site that brings together bands and promoters for performance opportunities, are giving one group or artist an opportunity to open for Ben Folds' upcoming performance with Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops on Friday, October 2, 2009. Those interested in applying for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity can submit audio files and artist information through the Sonicbids website at The deadline for submissions is August 24. The selected artist will perform a 25-30 minute opening set on stage to a sold-out crowd at Symphony Hall, which seats over 2,400. They will also receive $1000 for travel and hotel accommodations.

Keith Lockhart and Ben Folds will review submissions and select the artist/group to be the opening act for the October 2 concert. The selected artist or artists must be able to quickly move on/off-stage and easily carry and plug in their own instruments, as the orchestra and Ben Folds will already be set up on stage. Though artists from all genres will be given consideration, for the logistical reasons previously stated, no full drum-kits are allowed and pianists will have to provide their own keyboard.

Sonicbids is a web site that helps bands get gigs and promoters book bands. With a focus on festival, club, and college performances, as well as music licensing, and much more, Sonicbids offers a diverse range of gigs for every kind of musician. Its online community of 200,000+ bands represent an international group of artists, with something for every kind of promoter. The company was launched in 2001 by Panos Panay, a Cyprus native and former booking agent, working to “empower the artistic middleclass.”


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