In honor of the grand tradition of rock music, the Society for the Preservation of Art and Culture (S.P.A.C.E.) hosted a Battle of the Bands competition on Oct. 19, from 5 to 9 p.m. The City’s Youth Engagement Division joined Boocoo, a not-for-profit cultural center located at 1823 Church St., and S.P.A.C.E. at 1245 Chicago Ave. in sponsoring the event.
Nine bands took to the stage in an effort to out-rock each other. The band members who participated in the competition ranged in age from middle school to high school, and in genre from hip-hop, to R&B, to rock, to acoustic, said youth coordinator Sol Anderson.
The competition saw “quite a turnout,” said Mr. Anderson. He added, “Well over 100 people [were] in attendance, [including] families and youth of all ages.” During, the event, S.P.A.C.E., in conjunction with Union Pizzeria, gave two $450 scholarships for lessons or studio time at Boocoo. One of the scholarships went to Julian Sanders, and the second to Jonisha Montgomery.
Three of the nine competitors emerged victorious: In third place, Ashley Coleman (aka ACStyle) took home a $200 dollar scholarship for lessons and studio time at Boocoo and free passes to performances held at S.P.A.C.E.
A band called BloodJustice took second place. They also won $200 scholarships for lessons or studio time at Boocoo and free passes to S.P.A.C.E. performances. In addition, they will also get the chance to be the opening act for the first-place winner at a show at S.P.A.C.E.
The first-place winner, a group called Triato, will record a CD and headline their own show at S.P.A.C.E. Triato also took home the $200 scholarship for lessons or studio time at Boocoo and free passes to S.P.A.C.E. performances.