Battle of the Bands coming to the Ector Theater

Odessa Arts is teaming up with the Ector Theater, the Texas Music Office, and Downtown Odessa, Inc. to host Battle of the Bands on July 2 during Firecracker Fandango, a press release detailed.

“As a Certified Music Friendly City, it’s important that we create opportunities for our local musicians,” Odessa Arts Executive Director Randy Ham stated in the press release, “A Battle of the Bands will showcase the talent of a wide variety of music styles.”

Local talent will be able to upload their entry videos though May 15, the press release stated. The public will then be able to vote on their favorite band. Each vote costs $1, and the funds support Odessa Arts. The top 4 vote getters will perform live at the Ector Theater on July 2 live in front of a panel of judges that includes Marc Fort of the Texas Music Office, Adam Nunley, executive director of the Ector Theater, and Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame inductee Kathy Valentine of The Go-Go’s. Tickets are $5 for adults, under 12 free (available now at For complete rules and entry form, visit

The winner will receive a headlining slot for the closing night of Hot Summer Nights, a music video shoot, courtesy of Young Guns Entertainment, and graphic design services for logos, printed and digital assets courtesy of Kathy Swindler Creative, the press release stated.

“We are so fortunate to have representatives from the Texas Music Office and a Rock and Roll Hall of Famer as our judges, making this a fair and professional competition,” Ham stated in the press release. “It will also serve as a great professional development opportunity for every one who enters.”


>> April 18th to May 15th: Enter at

>> May 16 to June 15: Online voting at $1 a vote.

>> June 20: Finalists announced.

>> July 2: Live Battle of the Bands at The Ector during Firecracker Fandango.

>> July 29: Winner performs at Hot Summer Nights.