Grand Junction’s Triple Play Records hosts first Battle of the Bands
It’s a battle for the ages! Triple Play Records will host Grand Valley’s first-known Battle of the Bands on Saturday, April 18, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The event will be set up outside the shop, located at 530 Main St., in Grand Junction.
More than 10 bands have signed up already with slots filling fast and vying for a paid gig at Downtown Grand Junction’s Farmer’s Markets and a slot at the Art + Music Festival.
“We want to highlight the local talent,” said Matt Cesario, general manager of Triple Play Records. “It allows some younger bands to compete for paid positions.”
Every 15 minutes a new band will take the stage and perform a short set in front of a panel of judges, including Cash Kiser of Skylark Productions, Alicia Mitchell of KAFM radio, Ron Wilson of Sandstone Concerts, and Robin Brown of Downtown Grand Junction. There are 30 spots available for competition.
“It’s a great partnership with Triple Play Records,” Brown said, who added that it will introduce lesser known bands to local businesses and music lovers.
According to Brown, she hopes restaurant and business owners will reach out to the participating bands to use them in future events, like during Farmer’s Market.
“Downtown could be full of different music you want to hear,” Brown said. “We are excited for Farmer’s Markets and Art + Music events.”
Bands currently signed up include Pascals Wager, The Palmas Guitar Duo, Bone Tree, Sleepy Junkyz and Sherpa Sherpa.
“Any future festival or event we can participate in would be great,” said Elijah Neymark of Sherpa Sherpa. “We are expecting a beautiful day and good local music.”
Bands can participate by downloading an event application from Triple Play Records’ Facebook page or Downtown Grand Junction’s website. It is free to compete.
Battle of the Bands coincides with Triple Play Records annual Record Store Day, which is a national event paying homage to record stores around the country.
According to Triple Play Record’s website, it is one of the oldest record stores in Colorado and the only record-specific store in the Grand Valley.
Record Store Day will offer promotional T-shirts, totes, buttons, stickers special releases and more.
“Record Store Day is really a blessing,” said Rock Cesario of Triple Play Records in a news release. “What it did was open people’s eyes to the difference in customer service between chains and what mom-and-pop stores offer.”
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