Local alternative/folk duo, Jill & Julia knocked out the competition at First Friday Las Vegas’ first-ever “Music is Beautiful” competition on Friday, June 5.
After narrowing down more than 100 bands that applied to be part of “Music is Beautiful,” First Friday Las Vegas invited 23 musical artists to perform at one of eight different downtown venues during the monthly arts and culture festival who competed for the top spot to perform at the annual Life is Beautiful festival in September. After tallying up judges’ votes, First Friday attendees’ feedback and online votes, Jill & Julia not only walked away with new fans, but the opportunity to perform at the popular three-day festival. Jill & Julia’s exact Life is Beautiful performance date and time is to be determined.
“All of us at First Friday Las Vegas and Life is Beautiful were overwhelmed by the response we received to take part in this competition,” said First Friday Las Vegas’ Joey Vanas. “Collectively we all felt that Jill & Julia represented the diverse talent Las Vegas has to offer, and we can’t wait to see them on stage at Life is Beautiful.”
Sisters and Las Vegas residents, Jill & Julia are singer/songwriters with close-knit harmonies and vibrant, unique songwriting. Jill & Julia captured their first record deal with Lamon Records Nashville in October 2013. Program Directors at radio stations across the country and music industry press agree that their music deviates from the traditional country music genre and more closely identify Jill & Julia’s music with the Alternative and Folk genres. The girls perform in venues regularly in their hometown of Las Vegas, as well as Nashville and along the West Coast.
After seeing Las Vegas come out to support its homegrown musicians, seeing record traffic to DTLV.com for voting and witnessing an array of robust talent here in Las Vegas, First Friday and Life is Beautiful organizers have decided to expand “Music is Beautiful” with a Las Vegas showcase during the festival in September. Details are quickly being put together to feature some of the best performers from the evening. More details coming soon on www.firstfridaylasvegas.com and www.lifeisbeautiful.com.
The Life is Beautiful Festival returns to Downtown Las Vegas for its third year on September 25 – 27, 2015. For tickets and more information, please visit www.lifeisbeautiful.com.