Quips and summaries from experiencing and appreciating music in a city that is as foreign and familiar as they come - New York. So here is to music anywhere and everywhere. Starting from concert one on week one after the move in 2009.

Friday, May 8, 2009

Why Battle of the Bands are so great

Every aspiring musician or band struggles with finding a fanbase beyond their own family and friends. The onslaught of social media in the past few years has certainly unearthed this roadblock - everything from the all-powerful MySpace to iLike to YouTube, Facebook, personal web sites, and let us not forget the world of blogs. That said, I warn you, don't discount the power of competitions and Battle of the Bands. Might I remind you of a certain cult classic "Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey" where the Wyld Stallyns win the fourth annual San Dimas Battle of the Bands and quickly become the most successful band on the planet?!
How funny is this photo of the two of them? Le Abstract!
I encourage all you musicians to consistently scan magazines, posters at bars and venues, everywhere really to find these types of competitions. Playing at and especially winning these competitions will give you exposure to new fans, people in the industry, and often the chance to open up for an established band.
For these reasons I am making a shout out to band Icarus Rising. They earned a final four slot in On Tap magazine's Battle of the Bands. The winner opens up for Blues Traveler on June 5th led by the now skinny John Popper.
For those of you in D.C. or Northern Virginia - GO SEE ICARUS RISING PLAY!
When: Saturday, May 9th
First band starts @ 9pm, each of the four bands play for 30 minutes
Where: The Continental
1911 N. Ft. Myer Drive
Arlington, VA
For those of you out of the area, check this band out, buy their CD, become a fan:

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