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Battle of the bands, tech-style

Geeks with guitars go head-to-head at a music event designed to help an online company recruit programmers.
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ITA Software, which makes online reservation systems, is in recruitment mode. It came up with the idea of sponsoring a battle of the bands for groups who had at least one "techie" in them.

We noticed a strong correlation between musicians and serious hackers, programmers," said Cara Kretz, a vice president of marketing at ITA. "The event gets our brand out there in the tech community."

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Middle East, Cambridge

Musicians got to perform at the Middle East in Cambridge, Mass., one of the premier local clubs for up-and-coming acts. A band made up of all ITA Software employees played at the preparty.

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Three Day Threshold

Here, rockabilly band Three Day Threshold rocks out with its last number. In addition to helping recruit music-savvy programmers and raise brand awareness, the event was a fun night out for ITA Software employees.

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Joe Turner and the Seven Levels

The band Joe Turner and the Seven Levels shows originality by having an accordian accompany their rock tunes. After a technical glitch with their keyboard, singer Joe Turner quipped: "I bet with this crowd, everybody's going to want to run up and debug the problem."

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Nicole Russo

Although acts were chosen by a panel of professionals, it's unclear how stringent the requirements were for having a "techie" in the band. Nicole Russo, who fronts the band of her name, is a graphic designer at a local technology publication.

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Francis Kim Band

Here, the Francis Kim Band performs. The ITA event has proven the perceived affinity between musicians and programmers, Kretz said. Another thing developers are passionate about is food, she noted. Could that lead to another event?

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