Deadline May 19 for bands to enter contest

Even wonder what it’s like to play a concert with Gene Simmons?

Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Gene Simmons and Wizard World are seeking an outstanding local band to perform as one of the opening acts for Wizard World: An Evening with Gene Simmons and His Band, on Friday, June 2, at 8 p.m.

The concert will take place at the Trocadero Theatre, 1003 Arch St., and will be held in conjunction with Wizard World Comic Con Philadelphia, taking place that weekend at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.

Area bands must submit video links to, specifying “Philadelphia Opening Act” in the subject line, by May 19 for consideration. Simmons will select one group from among the entrants to perform before his show.

The winner will be announced on May 26.

“There is so much talent in Philadelphia, and this is a great opportunity for regional musicians to be a part of a great event and showcase their talent at a classic venue,” said Simmons, who will also appear at Wizard World Comic Con Philadelphia on Friday and Saturday, June 2–3. “I’m looking forward to seeing some talented and enthusiastic bands to choose from for what will be a historic night.”

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