Battle of the Bands Rocks Campus

210 people packed into SC4’s Fine Arts Theatre when SC4 held the first annual “Battle of the Bands” Thursday, Jan. 28.
Bands playing the concert were Walking Past Nowhere, Reckless Ambitions, Gasoline Gypsy and Bishop’s Collar; also making a special appearance were bar-rockers Straight Shooter.
Profits went to SC4’s baseball team, who sponsored the show. Students paid 5 dollars per ticket while non-students paid 10 dollars, and each person that bought a ticket earned a vote for their favorite band. Additional votes were one dollar and ten votes for five dollars.
The first band of the night was newly-formed Walking Past Nowhere. According to lead singer Cody Harnden, it was the bands “first show as a group.” While backstage, Harnden, 15, of Fort Gratiot, also said the band has been together “for only four months, so we’ve been working our butts off.”
Reckless Ambitions was the second band of the night. Brian Forstner, 18, of Kimball Township, said, “The guitarist (Joshua Hoffman) reminded me of a young Eric Clapton.”
Winner of Battle of the Bands, Gasoline Gypsy, featured a trio that was a resemblance of The Black Crowes. When it was announced Gasoline Gypsy were the winners, the crowd stood up and cheered and the band got on stage to thank the crowd for being there and thanked fans for “all of their support.”
According to Denny Dwyer, the winning band won $500 in cash as “the band with the most votes.”
Bishops Collar was the last band on stage. According to the band, it was their last “hometown show” before they re-located to Buffalo, NY.
Straight Shooter, a band more known around the bar scene, played a few songs while the votes were being counted, playing the well known “The Devil Went Down to Georgia.”
“This is probably the youngest crowd we have played for in a long time,” said bassist Rick Langolf to the crowd.
According to Denny Dwyer, the baseball team raised “$2,000 which includes ticket sales and vote sales.”

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