So you think your band is the best. In fact, you’d stake your
reputation on it. You’d even go so far as to battle over it. Well
then put up your dukes and make sure to hit the high notes on Nov.
16 as Scene Magazine presents the 12th Annual Battle of the Bands
at the Aggie Theatre.
The Scene Magazine Battle of the Bands has become a yearly
staple in Northern Colorado’s local music scene and gives artists
the chance to showcase their talent, regardless of what style of
music they perform. The competition is an opportunity for artists
to be heard by professionals in the music industry as well as
evaluated by local talent scouts and music journalists.
Even though the show begins at 2 p.m. on Nov. 16, the deadline
for submissions is Oct. 24, so don’t hesitate to send your compact
disc or tape and promo pack in to the magazine soon.
Sending in a demo doesn’t guarantee a spot at the battle. The
judges receive a large amount of demos for the competition and last
year limited over fifty applicants to ten groups. Being chosen to
perform is an accomplishment that gives the bands a shot to prove
Because the competition welcomes all styles of music there is
often confusion as to how it is determined which band is the best.
However the bands are judged not against each other, but on an
individual basis according to Michael Mockler, editor of Scene
Magazine and a judge in the competition.
“It’s a real eclectic group of judges,” Mockler said. “I’ve got
a good ear and we know what’s good and what’s not.”
Last years judges included Mockler, Chris K from Archer’s, Bill
from Diamonds, Paul Wozniak and Kama McDonald of Planet Radio 99.9
and others. Judges look for qualities such as stage presence, song
writing ability, originality, musical talent, audience
participation and professionalism.
“Battle of the Bands participants in the future should take note
that in order to win such a competition, it is a great idea to get
the audience to sing your choruses for you,” said Wozniak. “The
Lush Life (last year’s winners) led the audience through, and an
utter mastery of stage performance fundamentals edged the band to
the forefront of the pack.”
With 18 bands registered already, this year’s battle is sure to
be as competitive and musically exciting as years past and because
it’s at the Aggie Theatre, the show will be free for ages 18 and