Youth bands do battle

Monday November 5, 2012

BRATTLEBORO -- Area youth bands will compete at Youth Services’ Battle of the Bands at the Robert H. Gibson River Garden on Friday from 7 to 10 p.m. This event is part of Youth Services’ 40th Anniversary celebrations.

The public is encouraged to attend and vote for their favorite group with their applause. The Snaz, Brain Saw, Suffolk Punch, Rock Ridge Prophets, Cherry Hill and Perfectly Imperfect are local bands scheduled to compete. The lineup will be posted on the door of the River Garden the night of the event and on Youth Services’ website and Facebook page. In addition to the audience and youth judges, individuals from both the recording and music industry will help choose the top band.

First prize is up to 10 hours of professional recording time donated by Guilford Sound, valued at $1,500. Second prize is two sessions of an hour and a half of performance coaching at Headroom Stages, a music venue at 17 Elliot St.

Perfectly Imperfect is a Brattleboro-based band, as is Brain Saw, a band which first came together at the Open Music Collective last summer. The four musicians in Brain Saw had such a great time playing together they have continued as a band playing various types of rock as well as original songs. The three members of Suffolk Punch attend Hilltop Montessori School and got their start in a school band. Their style is indie-rock with influences by Nirvana, Talking Heads and the Ramones. The Snaz is a teen indie-rock band in Brattleboro formed last fall. Playing all original music, their sound has been described as edgy, powerful, catchy and authentic. The five members of Rock Ridge Prophets play music reminiscent of many sub-genres of rock including: folk, ‘90s alternative, classic, reggae, heavy rock. They describe their all-original music as having a progressive and positive message. Cherry Hill hails from the Keene, N.H., area where their music, according to their promotional material, makes even the seasoned metal-head cringe. Perfectly Imperfect is a Brattleboro-based band composed of four musicians.

Masters of Ceremonies are recent Compass School graduate Jacob White of Guilford and Sydney Fisher of Brattleboro, a junior at Brattleboro Union High School.

Judges include Michael McKinney, a music teacher for more than 20 years in Windham Central Supervisory Union, who performs regularly with the Wyld Nightz Band; Samirah Evans, a jazz and blues vocalist who performs with Her Handsome Devils Trio and is also the founder of Sam’s Sunday Set and Shed; Aaron Chesley, owner of performance space Headroom Stages, manager at Maple Leaf Music and a veteran music instructor and performer; and Jamie McDonald, an upright and electric bassist who is artistic director of Open Music Collective.

The cover charge is $4 and includes refreshments and door prizes. This event is underwritten by The Richards Group. For more information, contact Youth Services at 802-257-0361 or visit


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