D’Addario is partnering with AFROPUNK for this year’s Brooklyn Battle of the Bands, where emerging artists will compete for the chance to play at the AFROPUNK Festival at Brooklyn’s Commodore Barry Park. While giving bands the opportunity to perform on one of Brooklyn’s biggest stages, Battle of the Bands has also been integral in kickstarting bands’ careers.

Brooklyn Battle of the Bands will take place at the Knitting Factory from July 26-29, with the final round on August 11. The winner will play at the AfroPunk Festival on August 26-27.

“We are very excited to work with D’Addario. This partnership is more than just a sponsorship. Our top 16 are the best in our community and D’Addario strings, Evans drumheads, and Promark drumsticks are the best in the world. Together, we are able to help young bands realize their dreams, and support musicianship, innovation, diversity, and ideas,” said Jocelyn Cooper, partner, AFROPUNK.

D’Addario is supplying strings and gear to finalists, semi-finalists, and the grand-prize winner. Prize packages include NYXL strings, D’Addario Accessories, custom Evans drumheads, and more. Plus, D’Addario staff will participate on the contest’s panel of judges.

“D’Addario is a strong believer in the power of music and supporting musicians both locally and around the world. AFROPUNK brings a fresh voice to the performance community and we’re proud to be a part of the initiative that broke incredible bands like Tang and the Bangas and Unlocking the Truth,” said Jeffrey Kaye, director of artist relations, D’Addario.

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