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February 6, 2008 > Battle of the Bands

Battle of the Bands

Bay area bands battle for "Best"

By Mattie Carvalho

2008 is the year of competitions. We have the return of American Gladiators on television, the Summer Olympics in Beijing, the European Soccer Cup, the Presidential elections in November, and...of course... the Battle of the Bands. For forty-five years, Hayward Area Recreation and Park District (HARD) has hosted a contest for a selective group of musicians. Out of more than 30 competitors who went through a rigorous audition process, only 12 bands were chosen by a panel of judges to participate in this year's event. The style of music that will be showcased range from Indie, Rock, and Alternative to Punk, Funk, and Reggae.

Although a winner will be declared at the end of the evening, most bands are thrilled to simply be a part of it. For many of the musicians involved, this will be the first time they will be performing in front of such a large crowd. The event is great exposure for bands and a wonderful opportunity to demonstrate talents in musical arrangement, song composition, instrumentation, and vocals.

This competition, commonly referred to as "The Battle," began with the vision of former Superintendent of Recreation, Leroy Pegis. With unassuming beginnings in the late 1960's, no one could have predicted the large and popular the event of the present. Today, the show continues to be sponsored by H.A.R.D., the largest recreation district in the state of California.

Since 1944, H.A.R.D. has been providing residents with high quality programs, recreational classes, and beautiful parks. Over 250,000 residents living in Hayward, Castro Valley, San Lorenzo, Ashland, Cherryland, and Fairview are served by the Park District. Proceeds from the Battle of the Band will go toward H.A.R.D. funding so that it may continue providing youth programs for the community and improving the quality of life for citizens of all ages.

The Battle of the Bands is one of the longest running musical special events in the Bay Area, with few of its kind in the entire state. The live contest takes place on the Chabot College stage in Hayward where bands will have a chance to perform on a professional stage set, with hi-tech lights and sound.

The winning band will be determined through a combination of judge's points (based on performance and originality), as well as audience reaction. Multiple prizes of cash for new equipment or studio-recording time are awarded to the winners. However, highly valued by participating bands is the prestige of holding the much-coveted title of Battle of the Bands Champion. Previous title-holders include such notables as members from Faith No More, Y & T, Deep Purple, Mr. Big, Billy Satellite, and Metallica!

This year's event will take place on Saturday, February 9 hosted by Master of Ceremonies Mick Flaire. Performances will include the 12 finalists and a special performance by Peaceable Jones. Finalists include: Suspicious Package, Broken Winter, Dartmouth, French Cassettes, Good for You, Super Deville, Press Your Luck, Laroga, Villain of Vinyl, Edge of Destruction, The Dialed and Billy the Kid.

The event will be held inside the Chabot College Performing Arts Center. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the show will begin at 7:00 p.m. Pre-sale tickets are $8. Admission at the door will be $10.

Battle of the Bands
Saturday, February 9
7 p.m.
Chabot College Performing Arts Center
25555 Hesperian Blvd, Hayward
(510) 888-0211

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