Over the past three months, twenty bands entered in the Great River Days "Battle of the Bands" competition have been stumping for support and votes, in an effort to make the "final five" bands that will perform on July 30, 2010 on The Family Credit Union Main Stage at Riverfront Park in Muscatine Iowa.
In a unique web-poll format hosted at www.GreatRiverDays.com, the public previewed the best bands from three states, and chose whom they wanted to see perform for over $2250 in cash in the finals at Great River Days. This "Command Performance" was entirely decided by the fan poll results, and over 3000 people participated in the selection process. While every band involved had support from the fans, the "final five" garnered almost 50% of all votes cast.
The "final five" each will perform a 45 minute set of music that evening at the event, with the fans in attendance voting to select the "Best of the Best" homegrown music talent in the region. The "final five" bands are as follows:
Crashing the FM, from Durant Iowa. An up-and-coming music act, they have been playing together for a little over a year throughout eastern Iowa. Their repertoire includes such artists Led Zeppelin, Blink 182, AC/DC, and some original compositions.
Marmaduke, from Davenport Iowa. Last years GRD runner-up in the Battle of the Bands, Marmaduke took the crowd by surprise with an amazing amount of music from just three musicians. High energy style and all things rock, they play regularly to packed venues throughout the Quad Cities area.
The Beat Boxcar Children, from Rock Island Illinois. The Boxcar kids have previously competed in three other "Battle of the Bands" competitions in the area, and have won all of them. With music influences from hip-hop to rock to country banjo, count on them to present a set full of surprises and high energy music.
Pour Boyz from Muscatine Iowa. This six piece band covers all the angles, from rock to country to blues and punk. Multiple vocalists and guitars abound in their music, and they have quickly gained a large following in the Muscatine area.
Room 212 from Muscatine Iowa. 212 is the veteran of the "final five", having performed at last years "Battle of the Bands" and throughout area music venues over the last 14 years. Four musicians who stick it out as a band through thick and thin for so long is a force to be reckoned with. To say that they play well together is an understatement. Rock music is their forte, and they deliver the goods.
The Great River Days "Battle of the Bands" concert will be held on Friday, July 30 starting at 7PM. 97X radio personality Steve Donovan will host the event live on stage. Advance tickets are on sale now throughout Muscatine or available at the gate on the day of show.