Seven Bands to Perform in Battle of the Bands Monday
INDIO – Seven local bands will compete Monday to be the best local band in Riverside County. The Battle of the Bands Competition will take place from noon to 4 p.m. Feb. 17 at Aladdin’s Bazaar Stage at the Riverside County Fair & National Date Festival in Indio.
Supervisor John J. Benoit will give welcoming remarks and last year’s winning band, Tacky Little Hatshop, will perform to open the fifth annual competition.
“The Battle of the Bands supports the talented musicians in our county and has brought a lot of young people to the fair as they cheer for their favorites,” said Supervisor John J. Benoit. “I am glad to see it become a regular and popular part of the fair’s events lineup.”
More than 20 bands applied to compete this year. The seven finalists performing Monday are: Eevaan Tre’ & The Show (Coachella), The Hive Minds (Palm Desert), The Rebel Noise (Palm Springs), Bacteria Cosmica (Indio), Truth and The Lies (Riverside), Wyldsky (La Quinta) and The End Return (Temecula).
The bands will be evaluated on technical performance, originality of songs, professionalism, stage presence, vocals and audience reaction. The judges are: Annie and Enya Preston from Tacky Little Hatshop; Michael Felci, lifestyles and entertainment editor for The Desert Sun; and Randy Hewitson, owner of The Musician’s Outlet.
The winning band will take home $5,000 worth of premier Fender music equipment.
The competition is coordinated by Supervisor Benoit’s youth advisory council, which consists of high school students from the Coachella and Palo Verde valleys, and Supervisor Jeff Stone’s Hemet youth advisory council.