(MVA) —  The Hafa Adai & Tirow Summer Jam on July 31, 2021  on Saipan welcomes all bands in the Marianas to sign up for the Battle of Bands.

The event, organized by the Marianas Visitors Authority, will highlight the importance of tourism for the Marianas  and celebrates the commencement of international flights.

“We’re expecting a strong turnout at the Hafa Adai & Tirow Summer Jam and would love to see more bands showcase their talent for the Battle of the Bands,” said MVA community projects manager Martin Duenas.   “There are   great cash prizes for the winners and more importantly, it’s going to be an exciting event to celebrate the resumption of tourism in our community.”

Prizes are $1,000 for 1st  place, $750 for second place, and $500 for 3rd  place.  A $150 cash consolidation prize will be awarded for non-winning bands.

Voting will be based on a combination of audience and judges votes.  All music genres are welcomed, and each band will receive a 15-minute set to perform.  Set times will be strictly enforced  with  points  lost  for  exceeding  15  minutes.    All  bands  must  use  sound  and  light engineers hired by MVA which will provide a 5-piece drum kit, three cymbals’ stands, hi-hat stand, snare drum with stand, single bass drum pedal, mics, and mic cables.  Bands should provide cymbals, hi-hat cymbals, throne, sticks, double bass pedal (if required), guitars, amps, DI boxes, and anything else need by the band.   Use of the provided drum kit will be mandatory. Bands members must be at least 18 years old. Additional rules may apply.

The Battle of the Bands will begin at 7 p.m.  All confirmed bands must attend a briefing on July 27, 2021, at 2 p.m. at the MVA office in San Jose, Saipan.  The briefing will include a review of the rules and a blind draw for the lineup.

The Hafa Adai & Tirow Summer Jam is scheduled from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Guma Sakman across from Marianas High School in Susupe and will feature a variety cuisine and live entertainment.  Entry is free.

Covid-19 protocols will be strictly followed at the event, which is anticipated to also include a vaccination booth.

For more information, contact MVA community projects specialist Ed Diaz at ediaz@mymarianas.com or 664-3200.

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