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SAS holds first-ever Battle of the Bands at SRC Arena

Stand Against Suicide will hold a Battle of the Bands at SRC Arena at Onondaga Community College to raise money for its programs.

Stand Against Suicide will hold a Battle of the Bands at SRC Arena at Onondaga Community College to raise money for its programs.

— Up-and-comers in the Central New York music scene will compete for prizes as well as the coveted title of “Best Band” this weekend, and they’ll support a good cause at the same time.

Battle of the Bands

The following musical acts will compete in Stand Against Suicide’s Battle of the Bands starting at noon Saturday, April 20, at SRC Arena;

Stone Soul Foundation

Without Regret

Far From Over

Glass Skeleton Death March

Enemy Down

Lowkey

Pacinello

Second Dam

After the Clearing

Agrestic

The Gunrunners

Zen Kura

Woodworks

Weekend Crush

Civil Servants

Kilter

Mike Brandisi & The New York Rock

Headliners are hip hop artists Lost Cause.

Stand Against Suicide will host its inaugural Battle of the Bands on Saturday, April 20, at the SRC Arena at Onondaga Community College. Doors open at 11 a.m. and bands begin competing at noon. Tickets are $7 for students and $12 for adults. Eighteen bands will compete for a chance at the title as well as prizes.

“The first place band wins $1000 cash. It is important to know that this money does not come from donors but from businesses that have chosen to sponsor our event,” said SAS President Tara Dennee, who founded the Elbridge-based organization in 2011. “Kinney Drugs Foundation, J&B Installation, Biographix Tattoo Studio and Paul Landers are among the sponsors of this prize. Second place band will receive four hours of studio recording time from DRM Studios. Third place will receive a complete band photoshoot from Anderton Photography. Fourth place will receive a music video production by EM Video Productions. All of these prizes were also generously donated by our supporters.”

Dennee, who lost her father to suicide in 2008, founded SAS to raise awareness about the risks of mental illness and to encourage those in need to get help. The organization offers peer-based support groups every Tuesday for those suffering from suicide-related loss and mental illness, as well as memory baskets to families who’ve lost a loved one to suicide. SAS also distributes awareness literature and materials and hosts a website, standagainstsuicide.org. Events like the Battle of the Bands provide a unique opportunity to spread the organization’s message.

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