Plan an event at a summer festival; then wait and see what level of participation follows.
Kent Deatrick had a pleasant surprise when he announced plans for a battle of the bands competition. More than a dozen groups responded.
He’s ending up with nine for the contest Saturday afternoon and that sounds like a good number of entries to him.
“I’m really surprised at how many groups there are in the area,” he said.
Many of the bands aren’t well-established groups and members often change from week to week, but he’s convinced audience members will hear an interesting variety of local musicians at work.
The event kicks off at 4 p.m. Saturday on the Wakefield Park tennis courts. The winning band will receive $500 and perform on the stage at 10:30 that night, following the fireworks.
Each of the nine bands will play one song, then each will play another until four songs total are played.
Everyone entering the tennis court will be given one ticket to use in voting for their favorite band.
In case of inclement weather, the event will be moved to the fire hall.
A brief description of the bands, in order of performance, is listed below:
1. Kevlar (Morenci), modern rock
Band members: Chris Cornelius, lead guitar; Lucas Johnson, bass; Zach Phillips, drums; Sage Rivers, vocals and guitar.
2. GRiNDLiNE (Adrian), rock/grunge/metal
Band Members: Eric Lambes, lead guitar/vocals; Corey Shadewald, rhythm guitar/vocals; Jason Randolph, bass guitar; Phil Hinson, drums.
3. Shattered Silhouette (Adrian), hardcore punk
Band members: Chris Momany, percussion; Sean Baughey, vocals; James Hutchinson, guita; Lino Mirelez, guitar; Joe Mirelez, bass.
4. Chasing Chaos (Hudson), modern rock
Band members: Blake Woodward, guitar; Chase Briggs, bass;Steven Tennis, drums; Brett Mayer, guitar; David Hall, vocals.
5. Adverse Enigma (Morenci), classic rock
Band members: Sheldon St.Gelais, drums/vocals; Chris Nickloy-lead guitar; Alex Burton, guitar/vocals; Ryan “Tyrone” Barber, guitar; Andrew Mason, bass.
6. Stereo Static (Hudson, Waldron) modern rock
Band members: Joe Castillo, lead guitar; Caleb Baker, drums; Evan Brooks, lead guitar; Andrew McNet, bass.
7. Just for Fun (Morenci, Bryan, Pioneer), variety
Band members: Denny Altaffer, guitar; Trevor Lawson, drums; Jamie Clark, bass; Dennis Collins, guitar and vocals.
8. Days of Waiting (Adrian) Christian rock
Band members: Justin Myers, lead guitar; Brian Court, drums; Joel Bills, lead guitar; Taylor Callis, bass.
10. Through the Years (Fayette) classic rock
Band members: Shan Hand, rhythm guitar; Randy Sentle, lead guitar; John Birtenriker, bass; Chris Keifer, drums.