On Sunday, Canalside will host a battle of the bands featuring local Americana bands, the winner of which will be invited to open for the Lake Street Dive concerts on July 17 at Canalside.

Bands interested in participating can go to www.canalsidebuffalo.com and download an application, which can then be emailed to submit@canalside.com.

The free event takes place from 3 to 6 p.m. Sunday.

This is one of several Battle of the Bands events giving local bands the chance to win a slot opening a Canalside concert. On July 17, local R&B groups will compete for the opportunity to open for Sheila E on July 31; on July 20, local alternative bands compete for the chance to open for Girl Talk on Aug. 8; and on July 27, the Battle of the Girl Power Bands will decide the opener for a still-to-be-determined Canalside show.

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