Battle of the Bands gets under way Friday

MARQUETTE – The second annual Battle of the Bands, showcasing some of the area’s finest musical talent, will start Friday at The Blue Lounge in Marquette.

“Music will start at 9:30 p.m. each night for the first five nights of the battle, then at 8:30 p.m. May 25 for the finals,” event coordinator Jason Ghiardi said. “In the finals, winners from each battle night will be fighting for the $1,000 first-place prize.”

Ghiardi said the battle will have three judges each night along with voting by the public in attendance at the venue. Music trivia contests will be conducted between the sets each night.

“Each band that makes it to the finals is guaranteed a prize,” Ghiardi said.

The battle of the bands is sponsored by The Blue Lounge, Pike Distributing, Cameron Recording Studios, Yooper Shirts and Jim’s Music.

The competitors by night are:

Friday: The Quarks, 9:30 p.m.; Con:Sump:Tion, 10:30 p.m.; Flicker Flicker Flame, 11:30 p.m.; and Trippline, 12:30 a.m.

Saturday: Lip Bomb, 9:30 p.m.; Xan Daniels, 10:30 p.m.; Nothing Less, 11:30 p.m.; and Not Quite Canada, 12:30 a.m.

May 17: Under This Cold Sky, 9:30 p.m.; Russell’s Love Muscle, 10:30 p.m.; Arsenal Ten, 11:30 p.m.; and Skunk Fur, 12:30 a.m.

May 18: Following Fools, 9:30 p.m.; Rick O’Shea & The Deflections, 10:30 p.m.; Eclettico, 11:30 p.m.; and Funky Purple Tits, 12:30 a.m.

May 24: Couch Fort, 9:30 p.m.; Concord Through Keys, 10:30 p.m.; Go Run Sprint, 11:30 p.m.; and Everything Under The Sun, 12:30 a.m.

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Renee Prusi can be contacted at 906-228-2500, ext. 253.