TAKIN’ IT TO THE WEB: By the time this here column makes it’s way out of my word processor, through the printer, and into your little hands, the fine folks behind this year’s Independent Road to West Beach competition will have collected, compiled, and officially launched 2008’s online Indy Band Guide (independent.com/bands). And with said launch comes a big deal contest the likes of which our Web site has yet to see (or host). Starting today, independent.com will be the arena that holds a knock-down-drag-out virtual fight to the death, as bands, singers, deejays, and rappers from throughout the tri counties vie for a coveted spot at this year’s West Beach Music Festival (westbeachfestival.com).
West Beach Music and Arts Festival
- When: Friday, September 12, 2008, 3 p.m. to 10 p.m.
- Where: West Beach, 306 W. Cabrillo Blvd., Santa Barbara, CA
- Cost: $35 - $115
- Age limit: Not available
Starting in June, we opened up our arms and inboxes to any and all music makers living somewhere between Ventura’s southern border and San Luis Obispo’s northern county lines. What we got was a delightfully healthy response from nearly 200 different musical acts, all of which wanted to take part in the Indy‘s now annual project. Armed with all the info we could keep track of, our staffers created individual profiles for each submitter complete with bio, pic, and MP3. It’s like our own little MySpace Music site, minus the tricked out scroll bars and photo slide shows that cause my computer to go into fits. Now that all is said and done, it’s time to sit back and watch the fun begin.