With nothing but talent up on the stage, the 2011 Teen Battle of the Bands was our best battle to date. No joke.
Check out the winners:
1st place–Emily Majetic with special guest Ian Miller
Emily also won 1st place in our 2009 Teen Battle which makes her our first ever two time winner! Bravo, Emily! Her vocal stylings are much like those of a beloved songbird…natural, effortless, captivating, beautiful, sweet, and endearing. As an added bonus for this performance she had another skilled musician on board for one song, keyboard that is, and vocals too, which brought so much more talent to an already winning performance.
2nd place–Surface Tension
Unfortunately, we didn’t get any good pics of this band on stage so we hope you enjoy these candid backstage shots of them relaxed and having fun. On stage however, these guys know how to get down. Back for their second round of DPL’s Teen Battle (they entered last year, as well) it’s no surprise they took home a top prize this time around. A group of dedicated young musicians with stage presence and style, Surface Tension is no stranger to the limelight as they’ve played over 50 area shows! Maybe they’ll take it on tour someday.
3rd place–Homegrown Hero
Another rockin’ set was provided by Homegrown Hero, a group of experienced performers hailing from Eldridge, which earned them the 3rd place honor. What’s great about these guys is not their killer musical skills, not their energizing sounds, not their ability to take the audience by storm, no, not any of these awesome qualities…they’re funny, too! Seriously. If they ever hang up their instruments they should take aim on careers in comedy. And for those of you tuned in to Battles past, you may remember in 2008 a band called ‘That One Band’ who played a song called ‘That One Song’ yeah, well that was these fellas. They won 1st place that year.
Wow, it looks like with the top winners all having been in DPL Teen Battles before this year turned out to be quite the Battle of Battles. We can’t wait for next year! In the meantime check out the winning acts at Youth Fest this Wednesday in Centennial Park starting at 9 am. Or at the Street Fest on July 29th & 30th on the corner of 3rd and Harrison. And if you can’t make those don’t miss your last chance on Friday, August 12th at the Back to School Bash in Garfield Park. All three gigs are sponsored by Davenport’s Parks & Rec. Dept. Check their website for all the event details and more.
A ginormous THANK YOU to all the teens who participated in this year’s Battle. When we said that there was nothing but talent on the stage, we meant it!! Stay tuned as we feature other teen performers in the days to come…