SALT LAKE CITY -- (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Gigg.com is excited to announce they are continuing their partnership with the America’s Freedom Festival to find two talented musical acts to perform in the show. One talented vocalist is wanted to perform the national anthem alongside the esteemed Utah National Guard 23rd Army Band, while another musical act is wanted to open the show. "Gigg is excited to continue to be a part of the largest celebration in the nation for our country’s freedom," says Gigg CEO Scott Warner. "The Stadium of Fire has showcased some incredible performances and we are excited to provide this year’s talent."
Stadium of Fire event (Photo: Business Wire)
The Stadium of Fire is the nation’s largest Fourth of July event, and has quickly become an American tradition. The event boasts the largest stadium fireworks show in the country and is headlined by some of the biggest names in the music industry. Carrie Underwood is set to return for the second time in the event’s 34 year run. 50,000 people will be in attendance to watch her perform, as well as comedy troupe Studio C. US Army Hero and Dancing with the Stars winner J.R. Martinez will host the event, which is also broadcast internationally to American Forces TV in honor of America’s troops. "We're thrilled to have Carrie Underwood headline this summer's Stadium of Fire," said Paul Warner, executive director of America's Freedom Festival, which organizes and sponsors the event. "We're also excited to invite an up-and-coming musician or band to the show. The Gigg Stadium of Fire Talent Competition provides our audience with a fun introduction to some great talent they may not have heard yet."
Bands and artists can enter the opener competition by uploading a video performance onto the contest page before May 9th. The performance can be of any cover, mashup, or an original work. To enter the national anthem competition, the artist will need to upload a video performance onto the contest page before June 6th. The performance video can be sung in any key, but the 23rd Army Band will be performing in the key B flat, so it’s important that the artist is able to sing comfortably in that key. For either competition, once uploaded, fans can begin voting on your video to determine your seeding in the competition. Only the top rated videos will make it into each tournament bracket. After the submission periods close, the bracket-style voting begins. The voting rounds will last over a period of two days.
Each bracket winner of the opener contest will receive a $500 cash prize, and will compete in a Final Four live event attended by fans, Gigg, and the Stadium of Fire judges. The winner of the final four will perform on the same stage as Carrie Underwood to an audience of 50,000 people, as well as receive a $2500 cash prize. In addition to performing the Star-Spangled Banner in front of 50,000 people alongside the internationally distinguished Utah National Guard 23rd Army Band, the winner of the national anthem competition will also receive a $500 cash prize.
About The 23rd Army Band
The Utah National Guard 23rd Army Band is recognized internationally as the highest caliber Military Band. The band was organized in 1924 to provide music for military ceremonies. Staffed with the state’s finest musicians, the band has performed for Presidents, Senators, Congressmen and Heads of State.
Gigg is a revolutionary social platform that provides its users a way to express, promote, and discover music in all forms. Gigg is focused on finding the greatest musicians in the world while allowing fan participation in the discovery process. By leveraging our fans’ social networks, Gigg competitions are centrally ingrained into the backbone of social media, providing mainstream artists with a new exposure tool reaching millions of new fans and spreading to millions more. Competition winners are selected by mainstream artists and the user community to receive prizes or a chance to play on stage in front of large audiences at some of the hottest venues with the biggest names in the music industry. Gigg is the only social engine to successfully infuse music into social expression. By selecting lyrics from their favorite songs in the Gigg app, users can add pictures, videos, and hashtags for a live-listening experience that allows you to define your moment with music. Download the Gigg app for free at Gigg.com/download.
For official rules and contest details about the opener competition, visit gigg.com/tour/stadiumoffire2014
For official rules and contest details about the national anthem competition, visit gigg.com/tour/nationalanthem