Music Maker Workshops Battle of the Bands Club Red Sunday, May 6, 2012
Pint-size rockers of Ahwatukee's Music Maker Workshops dueled it out at the school's first battle of the bands of the year Sunday night at Club Red in Tempe.
The school takes kids between the ages of 8 and 17, and gives them the foundations of being in a band. From booking gigs to mastering their respective instruments, the youths are given a crash course in rock stardom over 20 week semesters.
Sunday night's contestants included 3 Midget Militia, Sinners and Shankers, parent-band Stay Off My Lawn, Archetype, Nuclear Winter and the competition winners, Shattered Kennys. The junior musicians served as openers for headliners Halfcup Sodapop, who came in second at a national battle of bands two weeks ago.
I really enjoyed listening to the Valley's bright future and participating as a judge of such an event for the very first time.