Monday, July 2, 2012
Top-scoring band will open for main acts at DarienFest Sept. 8.
Battles don’t usually end well for the participants – but a war waged Saturday in Darien resulted in a positive outcome for all involved. Judges for the inaugural DarienFest Battle of the Bands found a peaceful solution to a confounding conflict – how to choose a winner among three talented young bands whose musical styles couldn’t have been more diverse. The bands, who took the stage at Q Billiards & Sports Bar Saturday, were vying for a chance to perform on the main stage at DarienFest on Saturday, Sept. 8. The bands Just a couple of years ago, the members of “Below Zero” were middle schoolers at Our Lady of Peace in Darien. On Saturday, they performed like seasoned musicians, confidently covering songs by groups such as All American …
Wednesday, April 4, 2012
Young musicians and singers will have the opportunity to compete for a chance to perform at DarienFest.
Young musicians will have the chance to share their talent with the whole community at this year’s DarienFest, Chamber of Commerce President Clare Bongiovanni said Tuesday. This summer, the chamber plans to sponsor a Battle of the Bands, the winner of which will open for the Friday night headliner at DarienFest. Then on Saturday, Sept. 8, aspiring singers will compete before a live panel in Darien Idol for the chance to perform on Sept. 9, the last day of the festival. Both of the competitions will be geared toward younger artists, Bongiovanni said. “We’re trying to get the kids more involved with the festival,” she said. Battle of the Bands will be open to ages 15-20, while the exact age range for Darien Idol has yet to be decided. A …
Tuesday, February 15, 2011
Four bands competed to win five hours of recording time at Gremlen Studios.
Hinsdale South’s cafeteria rocked the night away Thursday as four bands competed for five hours of recording time at Gremlen Studios in Aurora. Five-man outfit Experience walked away with the prize after a 30-minute set of sunny, soulful pop music. The teens looked the part too, dressed to the nines in suits and pressed shirts. Metal band Renegade placed second and won a microphone and stand from Sam Ash Music Stores. The other two participating bands were Hundreds of People and GC Guitar. Bands from both Hinsdale Central and Hinsdale South competed in the contest.