Cee Cee James - Photo courtesy of Marco Van Rooijen

Rising Stars showdown kicks off at 5 p.m.

The final showdown in the Rising Stars music competition will be held at 5 p.m. today at the Britt Pavilion, 350 First St., Jacksonville.

Cee Cee James and her band, with Rob "Slideboy" Andrews on guitar, G.T. Albright on drums and Doug McAlister on bass, will be up against rock band The Evening Shades, guitar and violin duo Charles Guy and Linda Powers, and Frankie Hernandez and the Old Soul Parade.

The winner of 2014's Rising Stars will be chosen by a combination of public votes and a panel of judges. The winning band or musician will be featured as an opening act during Britt Festivals' 2014 season of outdoor concerts and will perform live in the studio at Jefferson Public Radio.

Admission to the final round costs $5. See www.brittfest.org or www.southstagecellars.com. A dinner of pasta bolognaise, salad and garlic bread will be available for $10. Wine will be provided by South Stage Cellars.

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