Bands set to battle at BHS
Local musicians will be showcasing their talents at the Baldwin High School Battle of the Bands, which is being run by BHS senior Emily Garcia for her senior mastery project.
"I am ready for it to finally get here so I can concentrate on the rest of my senior project," Garcia said.
The show will run from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday in the Baldwin Junior High School Auditorium.
Garcia said setting up the event has been pretty smooth thus far, despite more bands interested in performing this week.
"Things are actually going pretty well," Garcia said. "We've got four bands who are securely signed up and we had three bands request entry forms in the last week."
There will be a couple bands performing that are composed of BHS students. As of Tuesday, five bands were scheduled to play, but there might be one more.
Some of the bands were reluctant to sign up at first, especially those from out of town.
"It was a little rough to get all of the bands," Garcia said. "I think everyone was a little hesitant to do it. The local bands weren't, but outside of Baldwin there was a little hesitation."
Ruth Barkley, Garcia's mentor for the project, said Garcia has put a tremendous amount of effort into this show.
"I'm very excited about it," Barkley said. "She (Garcia) has done a lot of work to make sure her ducks were all in a row. Advertising for it has been tough, because a lot of schools won't let you hang signs up. But she has it all ready to go."
When it came time to choose a senior project, Garcia wanted to give back to a school program that she had been involved with for a long time.
"The main reason is I have been involved with band since fifth grade and I wanted to give something back to the program," Garcia said. "I figured I wanted to do something that involved music, but wasn't really done before. I thought this was the easiest way to do that."
It was Barkley who helped Garcia choose the idea for her project.
"My mentor, Ruth Barkley, helped me a lot with that," Garcia said. "She and her son had organized a smaller event like this, so she had experience doing that. She helped tremendously. Our judges have also helped a lot."
Barkley said Garcia had the idea, but came to her for some help.
"She came to me with the idea, because I spent seven years as a rock n' roller," Barkley said. "It was her idea. I spent a lot of years on the road singing. She knew my background in music and performing and asked me to be a part of it."
There will be three judges for the contest, Thom Alexander, Jacquie Lenati and Kim Murphree. Alexander, founder of Americana Music Academy, has toured with the Beach Boys, Tom Petty and many others.
Lenati is a bass player for the local band Qandu and has played many other instruments.
Murphree is the owner and manager of Sharaster Productions and a morning talk show host on 1320 KLWN.
The winner of the contest will receive a $100 cash prize and recording time at the Americana Music Academy in Lawrence.
The second-place finisher will be awarded a $50 cash prize and $50 gift certificate to Super Sonic Music in Lawrence. Third place receives a $50 cash prize.
Admission to the show will be $3 and children age 5 and younger are free. All proceeds will benefit the BHS band program. There will also be t-shirts, glow items, snacks and drinks available to purchase.
"I hoping for a pretty big turnout," Garcia said. "From what I hear, people seem to be excited about it."
After the show Saturday, Garcia will have most of her work done for her project. She has already written the paper, so she has to work on thank you letters and her portfolio and presentation.