Battle of Bands set for festival 5.29

Written by David Green.

Wondering if there are many local rock bands in the area? The answer is “plenty.”

Nine bands have registered so far to compete in the Morenci Town and Country Festival Battle of the Bands.

The response surprised organizer Kent Deatrick.

“I was planning on maybe six and got 12 bands responding,” he said. “We now stand at nine bands contracted to play, which is really going to be the perfect number for the contest.”

The battle is scheduled to begin at 4 p.m. Saturday, June 28, on the Wakefield Park tennis courts.

All the entrants will take turns playing one song until each band has performed three times. Each band will have a voting container on a table in a designated area.

Judges won’t be choosing the winner this year. Instead, audience participation will determine the favorite. Every person who enters the audience area will be given a free ticket used to vote for their favorite band. The band with the most votes at the end of the competition will win $500 and the privilege of playing after the fireworks show that evening on the stage.

The sound equipment will be supplied by the Red Hill group that will perform that night from 8 until 9:30 p.m.

All bands were encouraged to find sponsors to pay the $50 entry fee. The following organizations and business are sponsoring bands: the Morenci Band Boosters, Green Manufacturing, Suhki 127 Party Store, J.S.T. Building and Remodeling, Keifer Korner Video and Melaleuca.

Bands signed up for the contest are Kevlar (Morenci); A Shotgun Summer (Morenci); Shattered Silhouette (Adrian); Chasing Chaos (Hudson); Adverse Enigma (Morenci); Stereo Static (Hudson/Waldron); Lucky #7 (Morenci); Days of Waiting (Adrian); and Through the Years (Fayette).

This year’s festival is scheduled to run from June 27-29.

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