Bands vie for Chesney slot

Local bands will be given the chance to kick off Kenny Chesney's 2008 Poets and Pirates Tour throughout the country this summer in "The Next Big Star" competition.

Select Hard Rock Cafe locations will host a battle of the bands where local artists can compete for the chance to perform as the opening act in the artist's respective market.

Each competition will be evaluated by a panel of four judges for the ultimate prize -- $25,000 cash and the opportunity to audition for RCA Records Vice President, A&R;, Renee Bell.

"The Next Big Star" competition hits Los Angeles Tuesday at the Hard Rock Cafe Hollywood.

-- Liesl Bradner

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