It’s official! Starting today the polls are open for round one of the Independent‘s third annual Road to West Beach contest. From now through Friday, July 31, you can vote for your favorite Santa Barbara band or music artist online here. The top three vote getters from each region of the county (Isla Vista/Goleta/North County, Santa Barbara, and Carpinteria/Ojai) will then face off in one of three live semi-finals showcases during the weekend of August 21. Semi-finals winners will be selected by audience vote, and one band or artists from each region will then move on to play our finals showcase on De la Guerra Plaza on Thursday, September 3. From there, one lucky winner will score a set on the Main Stage at this year’s West Beach Music Festival on Saturday, September 19.
To check out the bands, hop on over to independent.com/bands, where you can view profiles, see pictures, and check out tons of MP3s. Remember, you can only vote once, so choose wisely. Good luck and happy voting.