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February 1, 2011 > Bay area bands battle for "Best"

Bay area bands battle for "Best"

By Mona Shah

Once again, local bands will take the stage in front of loyal fans to compete in the Battle of the Bands. On February 5, Hayward Area Recreation and Park District (HARD) will host its 48th annual event at Chabot College Performing Arts Center. Mick Flaire is the MC for this years Battle. 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 ranges from Indie, Rock, and Alternative to Punk, Funk, and Reggae.

Finalists compete 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 Devil's Angels, a band of mostly 12 year olds!

The 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 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.

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 musicians, this will be the first time they will be performing in front of such a large crowd. The event is great exposure and a wonderful opportunity to demonstrate talent in musical arrangement, song composition, instrumentation, and vocals.

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. Proceeds from the Battle of the Bands will go to H.A.R.D. so that it may continue providing youth programs for the community and improve the quality of life for citizens of all ages

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 48th Annual Battle of Band are:
S.K.O.P.E (San Leandro)
Zepyr (Manteca)
P 13 (San Mateo)
Circle of 5 (Manteca)
Cast Iron Crow (Hayward)
Groovy Judy (Belmont)
Incandescence (Manteca)
Alluette (Danville)
Voice and Echoes (Pittsburg)
Animolia (San Leandro)
Ten Days New (Mountain View)
The Colony (Concord)

Guest Appearance (47th Battle Winners)
"Devil's Angels" (Oakland)

Battle of the Bands
Saturday, February 5
7 p.m.
Chabot College Performing Arts Center
25555 Hesperian Blvd, Hayward
(510) 888-0211

$10 in advance
$12 at door

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