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Back to Battle

June 30, 2009

Now for vignettes of a few more performers from the 4th Annual Battle of the Bands.  Today we’ll be featuring three bands:  Shockwave, Render and Sleeping on Sidewalks.  First up is Shockwave… 

Shockwave

Shockwave was the first band to arrive on Battle day and they had a whole crew of cool supporters on hand to help them out.  These guys were so ready to rock and did such a great job!  They played some killer covers by the Raconteurs, Ted Nugent, and 38 Special.  Considering how young most of the band members are, it makes me wonder what sort of musicians they’ll be in the future…even more AWESOME I’m sure!  We certainly hope they come out to next year’s Battle.  Check ‘em out on MySpace.  Next up is the band Render…

Render
Render is normally a three person band but, unfortunately, on Battle night their drummer couldn’t make it.  However, that didn’t stop the remaining two members, who also happen to be brother and sister, from rockin’ out and opening the competition for us.  The group has been playing off and on for two years and the siblings make up the core of the band.  When asked how their parents feel about them being in a band they informed us that their parents are really supportive and don’t mind them practicing in their basement.  Pretty sweet if you ask me.  Although we would’ve loved to see the entire band perform the pair did a fantastic job!  It was cool that they stuck it out.  Finally, we have the band Sleeping On Sidewalks…
Sleeping On Sidewalks
Sleeping on Sidewalks is a super cool group that has a really interesting dynamic going.  The trio ended up with the second place prize of $75 and the chance to play at the Youth Fest in July, as well as the Back to School Bash in August.  If you can’t make it to one of those gigs to hear them you might check out their MySpace page or their performance at the upcoming River Roots Live event.  How cool is that gig going to be!?!  The members have known each other since elementary school and played three original songs for us.  It’s pretty impressive that even though they broke a guitar string and had to switch up the set list mid-performance they managed a second place win.  Neato.  I might just have to check out that River Roots Live performance…
-Christie

And the winners are…

June 19, 2009

The winners of the 4th Annual Battle of the Bands are…

Emily Majetic

1st place:  Emily Majetic

Sleeping On Sidewalks

2nd place:  Sleeping On Sidewalks

Fire Sale

3rd place:  FireSale

First, second, and third place winners received $100, $75, and $50 respectively.  They will also each have the chance to play two paid gigs over the summer.  Thanks to the City of Davenport Parks and Rec. Department for helping sponsor the 4th Annual Battle and for setting up the paid gigs!  The first gig will be at Youth Fest on July 7th, and the second gig is at the Back to School Bash on August 14th.  Check ‘em out.  The other Battle performers were Render, Demon Ducks, Shockwave, Vanishing Point, and solo artist Jerra Williams. 

Congrats to all the performers!   And an extra special thanks to all the fans that came out to support them!  It was such a great Battle and everyone played really well.  It was also super cool to see all the bands working together helping each other with set up and tear down between bands.  We hope they all had a good time and will be ready to rock out again on the Battle stage next year.  For funzies we’ll be posting tidbits of all the bands on the blog over the next few days.  So, keep an eye out.

U.S. Navy Rock Band

Lastly, we’d like to extend a gigantic thank you to the U. S. Navy Rock Band who closed the evening with a great set!  They covered everyone from Justin Timberlake to the Allman Brothers and had many of the audience members dancing around to the good tunes.  Who knew rockin’ out at the library could be so much fun?!?

-Christie