You are never too old (or too young) to rock. Over the course of the past month, the New Noise Music Foundation and Roger Perry Productions have been putting this notion to the test by way of their third annual Youth Battle of the Bands. This Saturday, the competition reaches a boiling point when nine bands take to the stage at the Lobero Theatre for a finals showcase. Prizes will be awarded in the 16 and under and open divisions.
A frequent vocal visitor to Santa Barbara car radios, 92.9 KJEE’s Dave Hanacek will take his seat at the judge’s table to oversee this battle, alongside bassist Dirk Lance (Incubus) and veteran music guru Bruce Kulick (former KISS guitarist). Music lovers of all ages are encouraged to come out and support Santa Barbara’s best up-and-coming artists, including 16 and under division contenders 50 Below, Skick, Twine & Patches, Technical Difficulties, and The Voice of Reason. Bad Jack, Highway, and Misfit Toys and Wreckless Inc. will play for top prize in the open division. Winners will take home more than just the glory of being crowned champion, such as prizes from Guitar Center and Ernie Ball strings. Open division winners will also receive professional recording time at Playback Recording Studios.
In addition to the competing bands, previously named winners Spitfire (from the 12 and under division) and White Moon (from the 14 and under division) will be perform live.
The Santa Barbara Youth Battle of the Bands kicks off this Saturday, October 27 at the Lobero Thetare (33 E. Canon Perdido St.) at 7 p.m. Call 963-0761 or visit newnoisesb.org for tickets and info.