Bands rally for annual competition |

Bands rally for annual competition

Post Independent File PhotoThe Procession of the Species nonmotorized parade is one of many activities that will take place Saturday during Dandelion Day in Carbondale.

BASALT – The seventh annual Battle of the Bands returns to Basalt from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday.The friendly seven-hour musical slugfest, a format cribbed from the traditional 1950s model, takes place on the street next to Lions Park on two stages 50 yards apart. A street-fair atmosphere accompanies the free event with food booths, contests, and a silent auction.Battle of the Bands features garage and school-sanctioned bands from elementary through high school competing in 10-minute performances for prize money to support school music programs. Over the last six years, the Battle of the Bands has raised more than $18,000 for valley school music programs. Last year 33 bands from Aspen to Rifle competed.”Our purpose is to help fund local school music programs and cultivate a friendly musical scene among the youth in the valley,” said event coordinator Christopher “Biff” Phillips. “Our efforts help put local pro musicians together with school-aged kids. We’ve created a feeling of community support for kids who express themselves through music.”Bands vie for trophies and prizes by placing in the following categories: Best School Band at High School Level; Best School Band at Middle School Level; Best Garage Band at High School Level; Best Garage Band at Middle School Level; Judges Choice Award; and Best Miscellaneous. Last year, a new Fender electric bass was the prize for Best Bassist.”Lifelong benefits of music in early education have been clearly demonstrated, but music in many schools remains underfunded,” said Phillips, co-founder of sponsor the National Jam Foundation. “The National Jam Foundation wants to make better musical opportunities for school-aged kids, beginning here in the Roaring Fork Valley.”For more information, to volunteer, or to make a tax-deductible contribution to The National Jam Foundation, call Phillips at 927-BIFF or 379-BIFF.To contribute silent auction items or prizes, or to become a sponsor, call Patti Stranahan at 379-5237. Concessionaires and exhibitors looking for booth space, call Liz at the Basalt Chamber of Commerce, 927-4031.

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