By Morgan Brizee
Ten bands will go to war on April 16, battling to be crowned champion and win $500.
The Battle of the Bandz is being run by the LPC radio program. The radio program students have been recruiting the bands, interviewing them on the radio and having rehearsals. The students are video recording the bands to make a documentary.
“The plan is at the end of the project to be able to give the band a little documentary of their involvement in the Battle of the Bandz. It is going to include a little audio, video, interviews, and then the audio file of their live performance,” said Alex Galindo, Instructor of Radio Production and Program Director of Radio.
“I think it’s fantastic. It’s super exciting. It was done here about seven years ago. LPC student body put it on. I was a judge. It was a lot of fun,” said Cindy Browne Rosefield, music department coordinator.
The last day for bands to submit their application for the competition was March 11. The Battle of the Bandz was open not just to LPC students, but also students from other colleges like Chabot, local high school students, and the entire community. For some of the bands, this will be their first battle of the bands competition or gig.
“I am excited playing, this our first competition sort of thing. I’m excited to go against bands that I know people playing in them so I get to hear them playing too, ”said Christy Bryant, guitarist in the band Neverlyn.
During the competition, will bands have 20 minutes to set up, play, and break down their equipment. This gives bands to play three to four songs, depending on how long their songs are and how quickly they are able to set up and break down their equipment. The winner will walk away with a $500 cash prize.
“We’re going to have three judges keeping score and at the end we’re going to come up with the highest score, the winner. The winner takes a cash prize of $500, which has been donated by two of our sponsors, the Veterans Center here at campus and the music department,” Galindo said.
The Battle of the Bandz will be on 2-5 p.m. Saturday April 16 at the outdoor amphitheater. Admission is free and food and drinks will be sold during the event, along with merchandise from the bands.
“People should definitely check out our website and our interviews are going to be streaming. And the bands’ music is probably going to be streaming up until the event and maybe after as well. And listen to our shows which you can find on the website as well,” said Lee Burg (aka “DJ Fuzzy Slippers”), president of the Radio Club.