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Tuning up for band battle

J.K. Perry
Special to the DailyThe first 20 bands to show up to battle it out in Wolcott will have a shot at a piece of more than $700 in prize money.
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WOLCOTT – The battle begins Tuesday night in Wolcott for band supremacy.The first 20 bands ages 11 to 20 to show up at the Wolcott Yacht Club for the 6 p.m. show vie will for more than $700 in cash prizes for the top three bands.”We’re looking forward to (competition) for sure,” said 18-year-old Josh Glenn, the drummer and lead vocalist for the three-man alternative rock band dubbed Bells of Michelle. The band takes its name from Glenn’s friend Michelle, who dreamt of a cult pursuing her called the Bells of Michelle, Glenn said. Bands from all music genres were being asked to perform.The purpose of the battle is to give kids a substance-free event in a valley without a lot of activities to keep kids out of trouble, organizers said.”I think that’s awesome,” Glenn said about the organizers’ mission. “There are a lot of kids getting in trouble.”Glenn reads the Bible to steer clear of trouble, he said.”For me personally I do a lot of Bible reading and there’s a lot of good stuff in there to keep you out of trouble,” Glenn said.Glenn, who hails from Carbondale, and band mates Jesse Blurton on guitar and Zane Smith on bass plan to converge at Wolcott to compete for the top three spots.

The first place band grabs $400 and a chance to play live on one of NRC Broadcasting’s regional stations, while second and third places get $250 and $100, respectively.Competitors also receive prizes such as horseback rides, massages, fly-fishing lessons and other giveaways simply for showing up.The Eagle County Sheriff’s Office is partially funding the award money.”I think it’s a good idea any time we can develop a program or event where kids can go down and be safe,” Sheriff Joe Hoy said. “A lot of kids say there’s not a lot to do here during certain times of year. If this can develop in to a regular thing, maybe that’s a good idea.”Staff Writer J.K. Perry can be reached at 748-2928 or jkperry@vaildaily.com.Vail, Colorado


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