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Deadline tonight for entering Gallo Center country music contest

Country music acts wishing to enter a contest to play as the warm-up act for singer-songwriter Phil Vassar have until midnight tonight to enter.

The Gallo Center and The Bee are sponsoring a contest in which Modesto-area country singers and musicians will vie for the chance to open for Vassar at his concert at 7 p.m. April 21.

Vassar is on tour promoting his sixth album, "Traveling Circus." He has written several chart-topping songs for himself and for country artists Alan Jackson, Tim McGraw, Jo Dee Messina and Collin Raye.

To enter the contest and to read the rules, performers should follow this link and upload a 30-second video clip of the singer, musician or band performing. Original material is strongly encouraged.

The public will begin voting on their audition clips beginning Friday. Voting will close April 9 and results will be sent to the Gallo Center.

A panel of judges will make decide who performs a roughly 15-minute set at the center's Mary Stuart Rogers theater.

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