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Syracuse JCC to host 10th annual Battle of the Bands

Last year’s Battle of the Bands winners, The Soul Within Alex Deal, perform at the JCC of Syracuse.

Last year’s Battle of the Bands winners, The Soul Within Alex Deal, perform at the JCC of Syracuse. Provided

— The JCC of Syracuse will host its 10th Annual Battle of the Bands at 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 14, in the Schayes Family Gymnasium at the JCC Neulander Sports and Fitness Center, 5655 Thompson Road in DeWitt. High school bands representing several local schools will compete.

The winning band will perform live on the 95X morning show and receive a six-hour demo recording package SubCat Music Studios in downtown Syracuse.

The first-place band will also receive a Prize Pack from recently opened Gorham Brothers Music, located on Seeley Drive in Syracuse, and $200 from the JCC. The top three bands will get to perform at the JCC’s teen center, The SPOT, in a Music Showcase this spring.

Judging this year’s event will be Post-Standard music and entertainment writer Mark Bialczak, owner/engineer of SubCat Music Studios Jeremy Johnston, and Ryan Gorham, co-owner of Gorham Brothers Music.

There will once again be up to ten bands in the competition, with each band having a half-hour to set up and play. The judges will then rate them on musical talent, stage presence, overall performance and audience response. For the first time, the competition will include a fan vote where each audience member gets to vote once for their favorite band. Those results will be tallied along with the judges’ votes to determine the winners.

Admission is $6 for general view and $9 for VIP view, which gives attendees the opportunity to see the band from above the stage. All types of music have been showcased in the past and prior winners of the battle have gone on to have successful musical careers. Last year’s event featured Ska, rock, acoustic, cover bands, punk, jazz and hardcore bands, and this year’s competition promises to again appeal to an array of musical tastes. For every student that attends, $1 of the admission price is donated back to their school’s music department.

Musicians interested in having their band compete should call Ilario Huober at 445-2360, e-mail THESPOT@jccsyr.org or visit the JCC online.

The Jewish Community Center of Syracuse is a non-profit community center serving members and guests of all denominations and faiths.

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