After reviewing 40 entries, Keyboard Galleria has selected seven bands to play at College of the Canyons’ inaugural Battle of the Bands.
This Sunday, three celebrity judges and seven local bands will gather at College of the Canyons‘ Canyon Country Campus for the school’s inaugural Battle of the Bands competition.
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Keyboard Galleria received 40 entries during the two-month submission period and narrowed it down to the seven groups that will perform on Sunday, competing for the top three spots and a number of cash and music equipment prizes, donated by Keyboard Galleria, Remo Drums, KHTS AM-1220, Yamaha, D’Adarrio, SIT Strings, Dunlop, Ernie Ball and Zildjian.
The winning band will also have their music aired on KHTS.
The three judges, entertainment industry professionals, are Grammy Award-winning producer David May, singer-songwriter and producer Andrea Standley and actress Tracey Gold, who starred as Carol Seaver in “Growing Pains.”
The event is free and open to the public and will start at 12 p.m. with a classic car display, a new car display courtesy of Galpin Ford and a variety of children’s activities.
Food and refreshments will be available for purchase from local restaurants.
Chef Cindy Schwanke, head of the College of the Canyons Institute for Culinary Education, will be on hand serving special desserts and highlighting the program’s new on-campus facility currently under construction in Valencia.
The bands will start competing at 1 p.m.
The seven bands selected by Keyboard Galleria are listed below.
Good Chum – Formed just four years ago in Santa Clarita, this four-member unit has already released one album, with another nearly complete. Songwriters Jesse Fletcher and Michael Castillo-Walsh joined with drummer Chris Wakelin and bassist Elliott Kuhn to create catchy, approachable tunes with depth and force.
Out of Ashes – This five-piece band hails from the Antelope Valley. They joined forces in 2010 and mix melodic vocals with metal riffs and heavy breakdowns to create a unique, crowd-pleasing sound.
Brightside of Blue – This Santa Clarita-based band came together just last year with two sisters as its foundation. Joined by two friends, they perform original music, as well as cover classic rock, punk, pop, country and modern rock favorites.
Good Deeds – This four-piece band from Los Angeles is poised to release their first album, “The Good Tape – EP” this month. Zac “Ziggy” Garfinkel (vocals/guitar), Joey Bonfanti (drums/vocals), Russell Johnston (bass) and Petey Forest (guitar) blend a mix of rock, alternative, hip hop and blues to create their own sound.
The Voxes – Based in the San Fernando Valley, the band was formed last year with Brian Lopez (lead guitar), Javier Valenzuela (vocals), John Toledo (drums), Alec Pereda (bass) and Adrian Jardines (rhythm guitar). Their mellow but upbeat sound has earned them local gigs, and they released a self-titled demo late in 2013.
The Murrows – Brothers Bryan and Evan Fradin formed The Murrows in 2012 with childhood friend Logan Cantrell, and later added guitarist Jason Spathopoulos. Their indie rock sound has steadily built a fan base in the greater Los Angeles area. In 2013 the band recorded and released their first singles, “Let You Down” and “New York City,” and plan to release their first EP soon.
Randy Volin and the Hard Ones – Born and raised in Detroit, Randy Volin ventured west in 2011 and landed in L.A. An accomplished blues guitarist, Randy has played with and opened for performers such as Joe Cocker, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Eddie Money, Koko Taylor, Junior Wells, Albert King, Lonnie Brooks, Cheap Trick, Steve Marriott, John Mellencamp, The Kinks and more.
Any band member who appears to under the influence of drugs or alcohol during the performance, will be asked to leave the premises and his band will be disqualified.
Full contest rules are available, here.
The College of the Canyons Canyon Country campus is located at 17200 Sierra Highway.
Visit the COC Canyon Country Campus online.
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Source: Santa Clarita News