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Show your support for Befriend the Bears in the Bud Light Battle of the Bands

Show your support for Befriend the Bears in the Bud Light Battle of the Bands

Hey, y'all, we've got a little local project on our hands, and we need your help.

One of our friendliest and most unique local musical acts, the acoustic folk/psychedelic rock/jazz ensemble Befriend the Bears, has been chosen as one of the top 24 finalists in the nationwide Bud Light Battle of the Bands competition.

In this head-to-head battle of emerging bands, over 300 acts from across the country have been competing for the chance to take a cruise on the Caribbean to perform at the Bud Light Port Paradise Music Festival in the Bahamas this November.

Here's the deal, though: They have to make it into the Top 3 according to audience votes in order to earn their spot in the festival. And that's where you come in.

"We were number 18 yesterday, and we are number 7 today. We hope to be number 3 tomorrow... and then number 1," says lead Bears vocalist, Tiana Berlin. "We really hope to represent Austin in the Bahamas, so we're hoping you can vote for us and maybe tell some friends."

By placing your vote for Befriend The Bears, you're helping some incredibly hard-working local musicians accomplish a major career milestone and you're helping to uphold Austin's reputation as the Live Music Capital of the World. (You don't want a band from Detroit to win this over an Austin band, do you?)

Best part is, if you place your vote before August 27, you have a chance to enter a sweepstakes to win a ticket on that same seafaring cruise to see Befriend the Bears play live in Nassau along with Pitbull, Flo Rida, Young the Giant, The All-American Rejects, Brad Paisley and more.

Here's the part where you head on over to the voting page, enjoy Befriend the Bears' audition video for the contest (crowd favorite, "Howlin' Fool") and then make your vote count. For Austin. For live music. For freedom.

Let's get them Bears to the Bahamas, y'all. Who's with me?