Area youth bands can launch their musical careers by competing at Youth Services’ Battle of the Bands at the River Garden on Friday, November 3, during Gallery Walk night, from 7 to 10 p.m. The public is encouraged to attend and vote for their favorite group with their applause, according to organizers. In addition to the audience and youth judges, several individuals from both the recording and music industry will help choose the top band.
Opening the musical event is Nomad vs Settler, a local teen indie-rock group who were first place winners of Youth Services’ Battle of the Bands back in 2015 and have since built a significant following regionally.
First prize is a full day (up to 10 hours) of professional recording time donated by Guilford Sound, valued at $1500 and 20 custom-designed T-shirts donated by Green Tees. Guilford Sound is a residential recording studio on 300 private acres in Guilford, Vermont, owned by sound engineer David Snyder, who has recorded the music of Jess Malin, Ghost Robot Ninja Bear, Northern State, Charlie Hunter and The Mavericks to name a few. Designed as a recording retreat, the studio boasts spacious rooms and state-of-the art equipment, in an energy efficient facility surrounded by miles of woodland hiking trails.
“Youth Services’ Battle of the Bands celebrates the entrepreneurial nature of young musicians forming bands and expressing their musical inspiration,” said Russell Bradbury-Carlin, the agency’s Executive Director.
“What better way to celebrate youth than to support them as they take steps to make a living out of doing something they love,” stated Bradbury-Carlin. “Some will succeed, as more and more indie bands are doing these days. And for those who don’t, with the support and guidance of those around them, they will gain experience that will help them to be successful in other careers they enter,” he said. “This is an event for everyone in the Tri-State region. Please come help cheer on the budding young artists in our area.”
Admission is $4 for students 18 and under; $8 for adults and covers refreshments and door prizes. Pizza will also be for sale. Interested bands with at least one member aged 20 and under should register on-line to compete by Oct 20. For more information, contact Nanci Leitch at Youth Services at (802) 257-0361 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Before contacting Youth Services, read answers to these frequently asked questions from bands.
Register to compete by filling out this form and submitting by October 20. (Deadline extended from Oct. 13).