Competition is always stiff at the South Florida Fair’s Rock Tribute Band Competition. Now in its ninth year, the following South Florida bands have been selected to perform a 30-minute set on the Coca Cola stage, as follows, on Sat., Jan. 27:

2 p.m. – Gimi Jimi – Jimi Hendrix Tribute Band

3 p.m. – Crush ‘n’ Roses – Guns and Roses Tribute band

4 p.m. – ZZ’s Best – ZZ Top Tribute Band

5 p.m. – The Petty Hearts – “America’s Definitive Tom Petty Tribute Band”

6 p.m. – Smokin’ – A Tribute to Boston

7 p.m.Saturday Night Special – Lynyrd Skynyrd Tribute Band

8 p.m. – Winner performs a 45-minute set

The competition judges are Leslie Streeter, entertainment writer with The Palm Beach Post; Larry Popowich of Larry Luvs Music, a booking management agency; and Luis Alas, a national recording artist/saxophonist.

The fair awards the winning band a $3,000 cash prize; $1,500 for second place; and $1,000 for third place.

About the South Florida Fair:

Produced by the South Florida Fair & Palm Beach County Expositions, Inc., a nonprofit organization, the fair’s 106th edition kicked off at 5 p.m. on Jan. 11 with its Ride-A-Thon. The full fair runs from Jan. 12-28 at the fairgrounds, 9067 Southern Blvd. in West Palm Beach. For more information, call (561) 793-0333 or visit the website,


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