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February 3, 2010 > Battle of the Bands

Battle of the Bands

By Mona Shah

The Battle of the Bands has long served to give young musicians a chance to show their stuff and this year is no different. On February 6, Hayward Area Recreation and Park District (HARD) will host its 47th annual event at Chabot College Performing Arts Center. Bands from the Bay Area and beyond will audition to be one of 12 finalists competing for prizes that include musical instruments, television appearances and free studio time. A twelve judge panel of music professionals and local enthusiasts will award first place to one lucky band. Last year the honor went to The Dialed of San Lorenzo.

Styles range from Indie, Rock, and Alternative to Punk, Funk, and Reggae making this live event one of only a few of its kind in the entire state. It is one of the longest running musical events in the Bay Area.

Commonly referred to as "The Battle," it began as the vision of former Superintendent of Recreation, Leroy Pegis. Its unassuming beginnings in the late 1960's, gave no indication of the large and popular event it would become in the present. "I believe the Hayward Area Recreation and Park District serves the needs of our community and gives people of all ages a safe location to enjoy music," says Vicente N. Zuniga, Recreation Specialist for HARD.

Although a winner will be declared at the end of the evening, most bands are thrilled to simply be a part of The Battle. For many of the musicians, this will be the first time they will perform in front of such a large crowd. The event provides great exposure for bands and a wonderful opportunity to demonstrate talents in musical arrangement, song composition, instrumentation, and vocals. This year, to the surprise of many of the organizers, most qualifying bands are comprised of very talented teens and pre-teens.

The winning band will be determined through a combination of judge's points (based on performance and originality) and audience reaction. Multiple prizes for new equipment or studio-recording time are awarded to the winners. However, more highly valued by participating bands is the prestige of holding the much-coveted title of Battle of the Bands Champion.

Finalists for the 47th Annual Battle of Band are:

The Cires (Hayward)
Syndicate (Redwood City)
The Next Call (Mountain View)
Facade (Manteca)
Cast Iron Crow (Hayward)
P-13 (Burlingame)
Braata (Manteca)
Ten Days New (Mountain View)
The Mick Donovan Band (Antioch)
Devils Angels (Oakland)
Zephyr (Manteca)

Guest Appearance (46th Battle Winners)
"The Dialed" (San Lorenzo)

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

Battle of the Bands
Saturday, February 6
7 p.m.
Chabot College Performing Arts Center
25555 Hesperian Blvd, Hayward
(510) 888-0211

$8 in advance
$10 at door

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