Bands vie to play KAABOO

Debbie Harry, lead singer of Blondie, performs at KAABOO Del Mar and will be at the Cayman event in February.

Well before their February festival, KAABOO officials are hosting a battle of the bands.

On Saturday, 12 local bands will take the stage at Royal Palms Beach Club, vying for the opportunity to be featured during the coming KAABOO Cayman festival.

Andrea Rivera, Clever Knots, Cotterell, Danny Loops, Lionfish, Madamespeaker, Rico Rolando, Shameka Clarke, Suckerbox, Teodoro, The Neverines, and the Swanky Kitchen Band will compete in front of a panel of judges including Health Minister Dwayne Seymour, Jeán-eric “Notch” Smith, president of the Cayman Music and Entertainment Association, Carl Monzo of KAABOO, Jason Howard of Hurley’s Entertainment, Cheryl Birch of DMS Broadcasting and Jason Felts, chief brand and marketing officer for KAABOO.

The 7 p.m. event is free.

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