Battle of the Bands: A new competition showcases amateur bands from Summit County |

Battle of the Bands: A new competition showcases amateur bands from Summit County

BRECKENRIDGE- Tonight, local bands come out of garages and give it their all on stage at the Battle of the Bands.The Blue River Series of the Breckenridge Music Festival begins with a tribute to amateur bands from Summit County by hosting a competition between local funksters, punkers, rockers and acoustic jammers.The Delinquents, an appropriately named group of musicians who lagged behind everyone else in signing up for the battle, will be the first to take the stage – since that was the only spot open.The Stimulants, Dr. Neptune and T.R.O. play after the Delinquents. A.J. Connection and metalheads Rage Against the Korn Bizkit are the next in line, followed by acoustic rock from Nick Haley and Ocote & the De la Hoyas. Mellow Mood throws a little bit of everything -except heavy metal – into its set. Then Swamp and National Blacklist play, followed by punkers Special Ed and blusey rock from the Void.Each band has 10 minutes to pull out its best tunes and impress the judges. Songwriter Leon Joseph Littlebird, radio DJ Megan Keys and Tommy Shreve will score the musicians on five criteria: musicianship, stage presence, originality, crowd appeal and overall set.Musicians compete for prizes and certificates from All Music, Inc., Great Adventure Sports, A Big Hit, Mountain Wave and Downstairs at Eric’s.Some of the musicians are as young as 14, and this is their chance to learn about stage presence.”The intent is to give local bands and the young people a chance to get on a big stage and play in a professional environment to their friends and the community,” said Jeff Baum, Breckenridge Music Festival executive director.”I think it’s a great opportunity, and I’m really glad we have the chance to play in it,” said Alex Evans, a Summit High freshman and a member of the Void. “We’ll be able to compare ourselves to other bands, and we’ll learn a lot from it because it’s the biggest concert we’ve ever played.”The battle begins at 7 p.m. today at the Riverwalk Center in Breckenridge. Tickets are $5 and may be purchased at the door or by calling (970) 453-9142.Kimberly Nicoletti can be reached at (970) 668-3998 ext. 245 or by e-mail at

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