Santa Monica, CA (PRWEB) June 16, 2011
College Battle of the Bands, a collegiate music talent search, will award this year's title to the top artist from more than 100 colleges and universities across the United States. This nationwide search culminates at the Echo in Los Angeles on Friday, June 24 at 8 p.m., in collaboration with its popular Club Underground night.
The College Battle of the Bands competition is open to any student band or music artist of any genre currently enrolled in an undergraduate program. Presented by Chegg, with partners GRAMMY U®, AT&T, SESAC, and the Elfenworks Foundation, College Battle of the Bands has awarded more than $250,000 in prizing in its first three years. The series began during the 2008-2009 school year and has featured notable participants including: The Local Natives, Mike Posner, Apple Trees & Tangerines (now known as Power), and many more.
The 2011 finalists battling for the national title are: Southwest Region winners The Mohicans (Texas Tech University), North Region winners Old Abram Brown (Emerson College), West Region winners Land of Pines (Washington University), Southeast Region winners The John King Band (University of Georgia), and the National Wild Card winner Rozzi Crane (University of Southern California). The National Finale will be webcast globally at http://www.stickam.com, and be hosted by college favorite hype-man Flula Borg.
This year's finalists have made it to the National Finale stage after winning local battles and regional recording sessions, collecting cash prizing from College Battle of the Bands, Chegg, and SESAC, as well as iPods, Jawbone Jamboxes, AKG microphones, annual membership to GRAMMY U, and more. For the final battle, they will be performing in front of industry judges in Los Angeles for the national title and additional prizing, including:
- An Apple iMac and Final Cut Studio
- A full-year of textbooks from Chegg
- Microphones from AKG
- Chipotle party for 25
- National trophy prize guitar
- An opening slot on the Textbooks & Tickets Tour with Live Nation
Rob Accatino, Sr. Director of GRAMMY U said, “I have judged College Battle of the Bands for the past two years and am always blown away by the level of talent. This competition is the premier event for any college student or band looking to get exposure on a national level.”
College Battle of the Bands' Executive Producer, Evan Shapiro adds, “This year's finalists bring together the best of the best in college music, and represent the strength and diversity of talent that we saw around the country.”
The event will run as part of the International Grand Finale with Campus MovieFest, the premier event for student film and music makers from across the globe in Hollywood on June 23-26. The weekend of events will consist of workshops and panels, screenings of short films, College Battle of the Bands concerts, studio advance movie screenings, networking opportunities and more.
College Battle of the Bands
GET TO KNOW THE FINALISTS:
Southwest Region Winner – The Mohicans (Texas Tech University):
The Mohicans is a Texas hip-hop group comprised of friends Devan-Bernard Calvin and David Morgan. Calvin is a producer in addition to rapping and singing for the group, while Morgan writes raps and creates the concepts for their songs. The two met a year ago when performing at a freestyle contest and have been working actively to change the face of Texas music. “What makes The Mohicans better than their competition is their all-around balance and originality.” (LISNN Publishing)
North Region Winner - Old Abram Brown (Emerson College):
Comprised of Erik Lund, Carson Lund, Dylan Vukelich, Eric Bolton, and Brian Arnold, Old Abram Brown began in mid 2007 and draws its name from a 19th-century hymn that its members used to sing in elementary school music class. Consequently, much of their music is inspired heavily by nostalgia. “Old Abram Brown is one of the more versatile of the many up-and-coming Boston bands — a trait particularly evident live.” (Supertonic, TeaParty Boston)
West Region Winner - Land of Pines (University of Washington):
Hailing from Seattle, Wash., Land of Pines is an emerging recording project between life-long friends Evan Easthope and Kessiah Gordon. With the help of fellow musicians Kyle Holland, Spencer Miller, and Alex Miller, the duo has created a tangible tour de force ready to take on the great Pacific Northwest and beyond. Tempered with an aesthetic reminiscent of many bands to have emerged recently from the Pacific Northwest including The Lonely Forest and Portugal, The Man, but with a unique sound all their own. Land Of Pines conveys their own stories through harmony driven indie rock songs.
Southeast Region Winner - The John King Band (University of Georgia):
John King is a singer/songwriter from Demorest, GA. Since the age of 12, King has been composing songs. King has taken the Georgia music scene by storm with his new band (The John King Band), exposing his artillery of original music. The John King Band, comprised of John King, Andrew King, Scott Pratt, Parker Smith, Kevin Craig, and Joe Higgins, packs a down-home style that blends southern rock and country in a refreshingly unique way.
Wild Card Winner - Rozzi Crane (University of Southern California):
Soulstress/songwriter Rozzi Crane doesn't sound like she looks. A fresh-faced student at University of Southern California with a deep and soulful voice, Rozzi has had the pleasure of opening for Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, The Steve Miller Band, and Neal Schon of Journey. Inspired by Adele's honest soulfulness and Beyoncé's commanding charisma, Rozzi Crane is a powerful and dynamic live performer. “In the age of American Idol and instant fame, Rozzi Crane & Derik Nelson conquer the hearts of their fans one concert at a time.” (The Daily Brink)
About College Battle of the Bands:
College Battle of the Bands, a national collegiate-music talent search, is presented by Chegg, with partners, GRAMMY U®, AT&T, SESAC, and the Elfenworks Foundation and has awarded more than $250,000 in prizing over its first three years. The competition is open to any student band or music artist of any genre currently enrolled in an undergraduate program. The series began during the 2008-09 school year and has featured notable participants including: The Local Natives, Mike Posner, Apple Trees & Tangerines (now known as Power), Allison Weiss, Jake Snider, Beyond This Point, Keep Me Conscious and more. For more information about College Battle of the Bands, visit http://www.collegebattleofthebands.com. To hear music from the 2011 College Battle of the Bands artists, visit http://www.collegebattleofthebands.com/bracket-2011
About GRAMMY U:
GRAMMY U is a unique and fast-growing community of full-time college students, primarily between the ages of 17 and 25, who are pursuing a career in the recording industry. The Recording Academy created GRAMMY U to help prepare college students for their careers in the music industry through networking, educational programs and performance opportunities. GRAMMY U is designed to enhance students' current academic curriculum with access to recording industry professionals to give an "out of classroom" perspective on the recording industry. For more information, contact a GRAMMY U Student Rep listed on this page, or e-mail us at memservices(at)GRAMMY(dot)com.