Bands battle for audience's vote

Event at fairgrounds showcases area musicians

Posted 4/5/15

Six bands from across the Front Range rocked the Elbert County Fairgrounds in Kiowa on April 4 in the second High Plains Battle of the Bands. The event featured the talents of musicians ranging from middle school-aged to early 20s competing in a …

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Bands battle for audience's vote

Event at fairgrounds showcases area musicians

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Six bands from across the Front Range rocked the Elbert County Fairgrounds in Kiowa on April 4 in the second High Plains Battle of the Bands. The event featured the talents of musicians ranging from middle school-aged to early 20s competing in a head-to-head competition for cash and prizes.

Each band was given a thirty-minute window to set up, perform and strike. The faster a band sets up the more songs they can play. Each band performed between five and six songs, many of them original compositions.

Organizer and president of Peak Events, Mike Anthony says that the bands are not rated by a panel of judges who score the groups' musical ability. Instead, the audience votes for its favorite band via a text network, donated by Viaero Wireless in Elizabeth, which tabulates the results.

“Ours is a pure popularity contest,” Anthony said.

At the end of the evening, musicians from each band were called to the stage a final time to hold up a sign with the band's name and a text number. Audience members were permitted one vote per device using either text messaging or email through a mobile website.

At the end of the evening when the votes were tabulated, The Blush Band from Castle Rock won first place and took home half the door receipts.

“The Easter weekend took a toll on our attendance,” Armstrong told the audience. “But we still managed to put together $400 for the Blush Band.”

The original date for the event had been Feb. 21, but a winter storm forced Armstrong to postpone the event until last weekend.

Along with the cash, the Blush Band received an invitation to perform at the Elizabeth Music Festival in August. Paradox, a Fort Collins band, placed second.

The first High Planes Battle of the Bands was held in the winter of 2013 as a way for Anthony to encourage younger musicians to participate in the Elizabeth Music Festival, of which he is the organizer, and once again, Peak Events collaborated with Musicians in Action, a Colorado nonprofit that hosted a “Not-So-Silent-Auction.”

Proceeds from the auction supported the Douglas/Elbert Task Force, a Douglas and Elbert County nonprofit organization that assists people in serious economic need or at risk for homelessness. MIA regularly collaborates with Colorado Coalition for the Homeless, the Gathering Place, Urban Peak and Senior Support Services.

Peak Events is a production and management business run by Mike and Jami Anthony, who have been organizing events in Elbert and Douglas Counties and are founders of the Elizabeth Music & Art Festival, which is scheduled for Aug. 22.

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