Battle of the bands set for tomorrow at South Florida Fair

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,