Battle of the Bands Competition to be Held this Saturday
Movin’ On, Penn State’s annual music festival, will be holding its annual Battle of the Bands competition on Saturday, March 25, 2017 at 9:00 p.m. in Alumni hall. Eight bands will be performing in hopes of earning the chance to be the opening act for Movin’ On 2017. This year the winner of the competition will be opening for the indie rock group Two Door Cinema Club, pop/punk rock group All Time Low, rapper D.R.A.M, electro pop group Clean Bandit, and the country duo Love and Theft.
Glory Days will be the first band to go up. They competed in Battle of the Bands last year. The four-piece band is a mix of pop punk and alternative rock sounds; Glory Days uses progressive music and emotional lyrics that audiences can connect with. They are heavily influenced by artists like The Killers, State Champs, 30 Seconds to Mars, Yellowcard and John Mayer.
New to the competition is solo artist RiZ. He’s influenced by artists like Big Sean and Jay-Z. He describes his music as primarily Hip-Hop with a strong lyrical ability and pop appeal. Having previously performed around campus, he’s not shy and he hopes one day to return to Penn State to perform as a main stage artist for Movin’ On.
Third in the line up is the blues-rock band The Bikes. Formed in fall 2016, all members met through Penn State’s School of Music. They believe themselves to be musicians at the core and dedicate themselves the craft at the deepest level. This will be their first time competing at Battle of the Bands and they feel confident that they will bring something new to the table.
Kenny Sukitch, another solo artist, will be fourth in the Battle line up. This blues-rock artist has been performing for six years and performed at the Battle of the bands 2016. He has written and produced all his music in his dorm and apartment. He says his music influences are artists like Jimi Hendrix, Hippo Campus, Gorrilaz, John Mayer, and the Black Keys.
Cinnamane, an upbeat and energetic rapper, is new to the scene and has been performing for less than a year. He says he raps with a unique style and beat and all his performances have some sort of shock value. His musical influences include Childish Gambino, Lil’ Dicky, and Logic.
The three-piece rock band Mantra will be sixth in the line up. They have been performing together for the past four years and is well versed int he State College music scene, with two members working at local music shops. Known for their heavy alternative rock sound, this will be their first time performing at this competition.
Up seventh will be Normal Force, a band with each member studying engineering at Penn State. The band is only five months old but each member has plenty of history performing with other groups.
Closing out the competition will be Zach Wade and the Good Grief. New to the Battle competition, this indie rock band has a wide variety of music ranging from modern rock bluegrass to Pink-Floyd-like jam sessions. The band has been performing for a year and a half.
For the past weeks, all eight bands have been rehearsing nonstop in hopes of earning the spot of being the opening act for Movin’ On 2017. You can catch these talented performers on Saturday March 25th, 2017 in Alumni Hall of the HUB-Robeson Center. Doors will open at 8:30 p.m. and the competition will begin at 9:00 p.m.