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'Battle of the Bands' to hit 5th Street on Saturday

Sept. 19, 2003

By Katy Kelly, reporter

After the Bears battle the Bearkats on the football field, five area bands will battle it out on stage. The Place 2BU and Kappa Delta are teaming up for the third year to present Fifth Quarter on Fifth Street, with the featured attraction, Battle of the Bands. Bands will begin competing at 9:30 p.m. on Saturday. Battle of the Bands has been a Kappa Delta tradition for more than a decade.

Willis Brownstone will perform first, followed by before the Fall, CROWNOVER, A Few Cards Shy and Second Class. All of the bands must have some connection to Baylor, either as students or alumni.

'We have a wide variety of genres of music; they include everything from punk to hard rock to Christian music,' Becki Majors, coordinator of Student Union programs, said. 'All of the talent is amazing.'

Bands are judged according to four different categories, and each band has the ability to get a total of 100 points. Performers will be judged on musical ability and originality worth 30 points each. Stage performance and entertainment value will be worth 20 points each. Entertainment value is based on how the audience responds to the music.

Each band will have 25 minutes to perform, and bands will be competing for cash prizes and studio recording time. First place will receive $1,000 and the opportunity to make a demo CD provided by BlueNote Studios. Second place will win $500, and third place will win $250. Winners will be announced at 12:45 a.m.

'I wanted to give the winners something that would help them pursue their music careers,' Chris Long, music producer for Blue Note Studios, said.

Students also have the opportunity to participate in raffle drawings. Tickets for the raffle will be provided with a valid student ID. Gift certificates for area businesses will be raffled off, and a round-trip airline ticket to anywhere in the United States will be given away.

Not only will battling bands and plenty of prizes be there, but free food will be provided. The Dr Pepper trailer and Katie's Frozen Custard will be on sight, and the frozen treat will be sold for only a dollar.

'This year is going to be bigger and better then ever. We have more free food, bigger prizes and a panel of really qualified judges,' Kate McGill, a Devine senior and Kappa Delta's Battle of the Bands chairman, said.

Fifth Quarter on Fifth Street is becoming a Baylor tradition, which excites both The Place 2BU and Kappa Delta.

'The partnership between Kappa Delta and The Place 2BU becomes stronger each year, and every year is more successful then the last,' McGill said. 'We look forward to continuing this tradition and leading it into the future.'

'Our goal is to have events such as [Fifth Quarter on Fifth Street] in an effort to unify the campus,' Majors said.

Fifth Quarter on Fifth Street will take place in front of the Bill Daniel Student Center. The stage will be set up on Fifth Street in front of Fountain Mall. In the event of bad weather, the stage will be moved into Rena Marrs McLean Gymnasium to take place as scheduled.