Andes hosts 'Battle of the Bands'


By Brian Sweeney
The Andes “Battle of the Bands” will be held on Saturday, July 14 from 2-5 p.m. at the fire department pavilio on Tremperskill Road, Andes.

The “Battle of the Bands” is a competitive musical event open to contestants ranging in age from teen to 25 years old. Participating Bands will include: P2 (Stamford); Avid Rox (Walton); Hello, Seattle (Oneonta); Atlas Arrows (Binghamton); Nuclear Fusion (Stamford); Muttonchop5 (Cooperstown) and Private Drive (Bovina /NYC).

The musicians will compete for cash prizes. The first-place band will receive $250; second-place $100 and third-place $50. Three judges will decide the winning bands.

Admission is free and audience participation is a must, so music fans are encouraged to come out and root for their favorite band. Jezz Harkin will serve as master of ceremonies and Terry Doyle will be the DJ for the competitions.

There will also be a barbecue and beverages available. Alcohol is not permitted. The event will be held rain or shine. Visitors are invited to bring a blanket and set on the lawn.

Chief sparked idea
Andes Fire Chief Joe Berghammer wanted young people to have their own event this summer and was the driving force behind the project. To get things rolling, Joe asked for assistance from members of Andes Works!, a group of residents working to serve as a link between the municipal, nonprofit and resident communities in Andes and the area.

The project gained momentum when Terry Doyle at WIOX Radio in Roxbury became interested in the event and provided the names of bands that fit the criteria.

Andes Works! members continued organizational work for the event and The MARK Project agreed to help cover expenses so the event could be free for everyone. WIOX agreed to broadcast live and the Margaretville Telephone Company offered to provide a Wi-Fi boost to make that happen. Kevin Prior, owner of Kevin Prior Carpentry, provided a big piece to the financial puzzle when he agreed to underwrite sound equipment, a drum kit, and an engineer for the event. The Andes Fire Department is also an event sponsor.

Andes Works! member Bill Feldman said that many volunteers have played key roles in putting together the “Battle of the Bands.”

“This has been an extraordinary experience of communities coming together to create an event that is for the youth — an event that is not-for-profit, and not even a fund-raiser,” he explained.
Andes Works! is involved in a number of endeavors throughout the community. Other current projects include: A Rails to Trails trail project linking downtown Andes to the Pepacton Reservoir with support from Parks and Trails New York; ongoing economic development planning in the community, and a free seminar for website development for all Andes organizations.
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