Battle of the Bands is back |

Battle of the Bands is back

KIMBERLY NICOLETTI/summit daily news

BRECKENRIDGE – Local bands are exiting their garages on Friday to enter stage left at the Battle of the Bands.For the second time, the Blue River Series of the Breckenridge Music Festival pays tribute to amateur bands from Summit County by hosting a competition between local funksters, punkers, rockers and acoustic jammers.Battle of the Bands began last year and featured local, amateur bands and solo acts; the youngest musician was 14. This year’s age ranges from eighth-graders to high school graduates.”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.”It’s such an incredible esteem builder for the kids to play in front of their peers,” said Julieanne Cobb, whose sons competed in the battle last year. “They came home all pumped up, like they could take on the world.”This year, 12 bands will compete, and their names are as spirited as the musicians.For Christ’s Sake, Angel of Repose, Stoned Scared, Nostalgia, Wiggles, Drive Train, D.J. Xtrabad, Dave and Bubba Show, Return of Korn Bizkit, Plan B, Big Afro Mutha and KPBadm crank out their boldest tunes.”Considering its success last year, this year’s Battle of the Bands promises to be an electrifying event,” said Sara Anton, past director of administration who helped coordinate the 2003 show. “Residents and visitors are encouraged to attend. You never know who will be the next discovered talent – it just might be your next-door neighbor.”Songwriter Leon Joseph Littlebird, radio DJ Stacy Towar and Summit High School band director Stephanie Texera 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, Silverheels, the Boatyard, Mountain Wave and Downstairs at Eric’s.Kimberly Nicoletti can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 245, or at

Blue River SeriesThe rest of the Blue River Series lineup:* Sunday, June 20, ReBirth Brass Band, eight-piece brass band, Riverwalk Center, Breckenridge* Friday, June 25, Jim Walker and Free Flight, classical jazz ensemble, Riverwalk Center, Breckenridge* Thursday, July 1, Broadway Baritones, Broadway veterans Douglas Webster, Geoffrey Blaisdell and Sal Viviano, Riverwalk Center, Breckenridge* Friday, July 2, The Blind Boys of Alabama with special guest Nina Storey, seven-piece, Grammy-award-winning soul, gospel and contemporary band, Riverwalk Center, Breckenridge* Friday, July 9, Gretchen Peters Band and Southern Exposure featuring Byron Berline, a night of songwriters, fiddle playing and bluegrass, Riverwalk Center, Breckenridge* Friday, July 16, Queen City Jazz Band, sounds of the 1920s, Riverwalk Center, Breckenridge* Sunday, July 18, American Singer Showcase, singers who participated in the two-week, musical theater seminar for advanced singers, Riverwalk Center, Breckenridge* Sunday, Aug. 8, Medeski, Martin and Wood, progressive jazz, Stephen C. West Outdoor Ice Arena* Wednesday, Aug. 18, Marc Cohn, songwriter, pianist and guitarist, Riverwalk Center, Breckenridge* Asleep at the Wheel, Western swing, Riverwalk Center, Breckenridge* For tickets, call (970) 547-3100. For more information, visit

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