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Local band seeks votes; Flatts coming to Columbus

Rascal Flatts

Rascal Flatts

— Fresh off a top 15 national finish in their quest to win a spot in the Bonnaroo festival lineup, Albany's Unbreakable Bloodline are calling on fans to help them win a spot in Bud Light's Port Paradise Music Festival Nov. 16-19.

Fans 18 and over have until July 30 to vote at www.budlight.com in a competition that could earn UBL one of 24 spots in a battle of the bands that is a prerequisite for the festival.

"If we are in the top three from our region (Nashville), we'll get to compete in a battle of the bands," Unbreakable Bloodline drummer Chad Basko said. "Then there will be another round of voting until Aug. 27, and the top three bands from that voting will get to play at the festival.

"Fans can vote once every 24 hours, so we're asking everyone who supports local music to go to budlight.com and vote for us."

Fans, who must be 18 or older, can log onto the site, click on the "Port Paradise Music Festival" link, and then click on the "Bud Light Battle of the Bands" link to cast a vote for UBL. The site offers an opportunity to call up the band by name or by location (Nashville).

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Unbreakable Bloodline

UBL have spent part of the voting period, which started May 30, as the No. 1 vote-getters from the Nashville region, and they are currently at No. 3. The Albany rock/soul/hip-hop fusion collective is currently the No. 4 vote-getter for the entire nation.

"We were close with Bonnaroo," Basko said, "and we feel like we have a great opportunity with the Port Paradise festival. We'd like to encourage music fans from Southwest Georgia to get behind us and vote every day."

RASCAL FLATTS TICKETS: Tickets for country superstars Rascal Flatts' Sept. 27 show at the Columbus Civic Center go on sale Friday at 10 a.m.

Reserved seating tickets, which are $59.75, will be available online at www.livenation.com and www.ticketmaster.com, at the Columbus Civic Center box office, at Ticketmaster locations and by phone at (800) 745-3000.

Rascal Flatts' special guests on their "Changed Tour 2012" are Little Big Town and the Eli Young Band.

Information is available online at www.rascalflatts.com, www.littlebigtown.com, www.eliyoungband.com or www.livenation.com.