By Jeffrey Buck
If you haven’t heard already, the Detroit’s Historic Fort Wayne will be playing host to Oakaloosa Music Festival on Saturday, July 27. This first ever event is showcasing some of Detroit’s newest and brightest musicians and one of those musicians could be you!
Rapt.fm, a rap/tech startup in Detroit with backing from Quicken Loans founder Dan Gilbert, will be holding a contest now through July 24 with the winner getting to perform at the festival along with artists like Girl Talk, Royce Da 5’9 and Bone-Thugs-n-Harmony. Rapt.fm is currently accepting rap submissions by uploading videos to Youtube and filling out the accompanying form by clicking here.
Having already been featured on Fox 2 News, Tech Crunch, VentureBeat, Crain’s Detroit and BBC Radio, Rapt.fm hopes to bring people together from all over the world to freestyle against each other and have a good time doing it. Its goal is to be an outlet for those unsigned artists to get discovered. Rapt.fm will also focus on being a gathering place for popular artists – rappers and non-rappers alike – to be able to interact directly with their fans.
Oakaloosa Music Festival will take place from noon to midnight on July 27 and feature two stages full of music, the Sachse Construction Stage (along the River) and the Budweiser Stage (inside the Fort). The proceeds from the festival will not only support the non-profit Historic Fort Wayne Coalition, but also Defeat the Label, the Detroit Recreation Department and the festival’s non-profit producer, Detroit Sports Zone, Inc.
Festival tickets are currently on sale through Oakaloosa.com for $45 for general admission and $55 for a VIP ticket, which includes a VIP entry, bar area and viewing location during the festival. Parking will be available in the Oakaloosa Festival parking lot for $10 a car. Free bicycle valet will be provided courtesy of Wheelhouse Detroit.
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