Seven Chester County high school aged rock bands competed in the Battle of the Bands on Saturday afternoon at Caln Municipal Park. The groups ranged in age from 14 to 17 years old and played for 20 minutes. Some of the music was original; some did covers of their parent's music when they were teens. Others played their own favorites. Caln Commissioner Josh Young said, "The Battle of the Bands is an event for young people in the area to display their musical talents. Caln is proud to host the first round of this three-round competition. The Parks and Recreation committee works very hard to put on community-oriented events. The Battle of the Bands is an example of the high-quality events the township offers."It was a cloudy afternoon that was brightened by the light of local talent. This is the fifth year for this event sponsored by Caln Parks and Recreation and the Brandywine YMCA. It is contest designed for the area's teens. Caln Township Parks and Recreation Director Tony Scheivert said, "It's a great event for teens to get a chance to play in front of a crowd with a professional sound system. It is a well attended event and the kids have always been well-behaved."
Seven bands competed, Circean Dub, Amnesiac, The Blue Room, Eden's Unknown, Exitium, Broken Ritual, and Skelter. Four of the bands are finalists and will play on May 18 from 2pm until 4pm at the Paul Green School of Rock on Acorn St. The top two bands from the May competition will get the chance to play on Thursday night, May 29th at the 2008 Strawberry Festival.
The Strawberry Festival is in its 36th year and is held at the Brandywine Hospital to benefit the Brandywine Health Foundation. This year it will be held May 29 through June 1 on the Brandywine Hospital Grounds and consists of food, rides, and live entertainment for all ages.
At Saturday's Battle of the Bands, there was a moonbounce on site designed for younger children for when they were tired of listening or sitting still. They had a place to runoff some energy along with the other park's amenities. Food was provided by the township Park and Recreation board.
Another contest associated with this event came from The Coatesville Area School District High School Art Department. Art students designed the T-shirt logo. Coatesville student Katie Frank won the event. All artwork from each participant was along the fence in the park for all to see.
Seven bands participated in the preliminary event for the Strawberry Festival. One of those bands who moved on to the finals was Eden's Unknown. All four teens attend Westtown High School. They are: Chester Springs residents Donnie Spackman and Grayson Hall along with West Chester resident Alex Pyle and Berwyn resident Danny Talone. This is the fifth year participating for most of the members. This was Spackman's first year.
After the band's performance, Talone said, "I thought it went well." Regardless of the outcome all said they would return next year. Although at the time, they were hopeful to continue to the second event, they admitted they had gotten some bookings from this event last year.
Eden's Unknown along with Circean Dub, The Blue Room, and Broken Ritual moved onto the next round on May 18.