PULLMAN, Wash. — The Associated Students of Washington State University Student Entertainment Board is searching the Palouse and beyond for local talent to participate in its first “Battle of the Bands.”

Bands from Washington and Idaho will compete for the coveted opening slot in “Springfest,” an annual concert at the end of spring semester, which features nationally touring acts. This year’s headliners for are expected to be announced around mid-February.

The winner of Battle of the Bands will have the chance to open the April 24 show at the Beasley Performing Arts Coliseum. Prizes will also be awarded to second and third place winners.

“We have received a lot of feedback from local artists in the area that would like to see more opportunities for exposure,” said Tim Hogg, ASWSU SEB director. “This is one of the creative concepts that SEB has come up with to provide a venue for the plethora of local talent.”

Battle of the Bands preliminaries will be held April 2 during an Up All Night session at the Student Recreation Center, showcasing 10 chosen artists. A panel of judges will then select four artists to advance to the finals the following night.

All interested artists/bands must submit press kits and demos to the SEB office, next to the post office in the Compton Union Building, by March 5 to be eligible. All genres of music will be considered. Rules and entrance requirements will be provided once the materials are submitted.

For more information on the Battle of the Bands, concerts, films or lectures, visit the SEB Web site at www.seb.wsu.edu.