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A battle of the bands at the Porter Theater

| Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014, 6:33 p.m.

This Saturday eight bands will take the stage at the Edwin S. Porter Theater in the Greater Connellsville Community Center to vie for prizes in Backwards Production Studio's first Battle of the Bands.

Backwards Production Studio's owner Ben Millward said the top eight bands were chosen to compete from 13 submissions.

The bands that will be competing are “Let The River Swell,” “Life Worth Sacrifice,” “Northern Vibe,” “Shadows of Eve,” “Dead River Cult,” “Twelve Noon,” “Couch Surfer,” and one to be announced.

Community Center Administrative Contractor Lori Kosisko helped Millward to narrow the field.

“I was very impressed with the music that the bands submitted. The level of talent is awesome. This is going to be a pretty fierce contest. I am glad that I am not going to be one of the judges,” Kosisko said.

The band order will be pulled from a hat.

“So no favoritism will be showed to any one band,” Millward said.

He said unlike many other battles, there was no entry fee for the bands.

“Being that I played in the band over the years, 99 percent have an entry fee for bands that ranged from $10 to $50. I didn't like that side of it and I didn't want to do that. I wanted to do this to have a real community feel so I am not charging the bands,” Millward said.

Doors open at 3 p.m. The show will run from 4:30 – 9 p.m. with the winner being announced no later than 10 p.m. Each act will have 30 minutes to perform

There is no entrance fee for the public to watch the show.

“I thought it would be nice to do a show for free. One of the reasons I like the community center is that it is for the community so I wanted to do something for the community,” Millward said. “However everyone is encouraged to vote for the bands.”

There will be a $3 cost for the ballot. Children 12 and under get a ballot for free.

Bands will compete for three top prizes. First prize is 40 hours of studio time and $100 gift certificate to Atkins Music Center. Second prize is 20 hours studio time and third prize is 10 hours studio time.

All of the studio time is given by Backwards Production Studio located on the third floor of the community center.

“A lot of bands don't have the money to commit to a recording and this will give the top three bands a chance to get in the studio to create a recording and created something to further their career by helping them to get more gigs or something else,” Millward said.

There will be a concession provided by the community center for sale. Money raised from concession will to benefit the community center.

“It did not surprise me that Ben invited the community center to do concessions. Ben is all about helping our community any way he can. We are very happy to be able to provide refreshments for this event,” Kosisko said.

Linda Harkcom is a contributing writer.

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