It's that time of the year to pit the best Bay Area high school bands against each other in an ultra-mega Battle of the Bands. 20 bands will take stage at the Sleep Train Pavilion for the May 9 and 10 semi-finals, and only ten will advance to the May 17 finals. Click 'More' for a list of all bands competing, as well as ticket info. --Oscar Pascual
3rd ANNUAL HIGH SCHOOL BATTLE OF THE BANDS
SLEEP TRAIN PAVILION AT CONCORD
BANDS TO COMPETE MAY 9, 10 and 17
San Francisco, May 8, 2008 - A judging panel of local music industry representatives has chosen 20 bands from Alameda and Contra Costa counties to compete in the 3rd Annual High School Battle of the Bands May 9 or 10. Ten will be picked to advance to the finals on May 17.
The bands are competing for prizes including cash, recording time and the opportunity to open for a national act.
Name, High School, City
Funky Bus & the U-Turns, Berkeley, Berkeley
Dripsound, De La Salle, Concord
Stereo Divine, Las Lomas, Walnut Creek
Dissimulated, Heritage, Brentwood
Budapeg, Vacaville, Vacaville
Fish For Spliffs, Miramonte, Orinda
The Mark Reovos, Vallejo, Vallejo
Skamikaze Pilots, Amador Valley, Pleasanton
Avery Mast, Livermore, Livermore
Vintage Prose, John Swett, Crockett
Crimes Of Passion, Lynbrook, San Jose
Lucid, Granada, Livermore
Watson 387, De La Salle, Concord
The Thirst Busters, Berkeley, Berkeley
The Pinstripe Rebellion, Acalanes, Lafayette
J.C.P., Las Lomas, Walnut Creek
Matchless Overthrow, John Swett, Crockett
Break The Light, Las Lomas, Walnut Creek
To Whom It May Concern, Clayton Valley, Concord
Killit, College Park, Pleasant Hill
This event provides local high school students a great opportunity to perform live music before a large audience at a major professional venue and receive feedback from key music industry professionals.
Young musicians get experience preparing press kits, doing interviews with the media, selling tickets and working with a professional stage crew. Last year 2,000 people attended over the three-day period.
Semi Finals: May 9 & 10: Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Show at 6 p.m. to 10 pm
Finals: May 17. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Show 6-10 p.m.
Tickets: $6 for the Semi-Finals; $7 for the finals. Are available through participating bands and at the Pavilion box office.
The Sleep Train Pavilion is located at 2000 Kirker Pass Road in Concord. For more information, call 925-676-8742.
The High School Battle of the Bands is sponsored by BandsOftheBay.com, the City of Concord, Bill Graham Foundation and Live Nation.