- Category: Featured Spotlight
- Published on Tuesday, 04 June 2013 06:52
- Written by Bergen NOW
FORT LEE - This Friday, June 7 sees the 2013 installment of what has become a Bergen County tradition: the annual Fort Lee Battle of the High School Bands, to take place at the Jack Alter Fort Lee Community Center beginning at 7:00 p.m.
The contest, sponsored by the Fort Lee Film Commission, will be held on the Community Center's first-floor indoor stage, at 1355 Inwood Terrace in Fort Lee. The participating bands are all from the Bergen County area (see band lineup below), and include performers from area high schools.
Admission is free. Doors open at 6:45 p.m., and the performances begin at 7:00 p.m. The show will be MC'd by WFDU-FM DJ Christine Vitale.
The competition offers a prize of $500 to the first-place band, as selected by the judging panel, and a separate $250 Wendy's-sponsored Audience Choice Award.
"This program is open to all high school bands from Bergen County", said Tom Meyers, Executive Director of the Fort Lee Film Commission. "Over the past decade, we have enabled many area high school rock musicians to perform before the public, which is a rare opportunity in this day and age. Though it's easy to throw your band's videos up on YouTube or Facebook, to perform before a live audience on stage is a rare treat and we are happy to provide these young musicians with this opportunity."
Meyers draws a parallel between the Film Commission's current competition, and the music shows held at the historic Palisades Amusement Park. "Over the years, many venues where young rockers could perform have closed down. One such venue was the legendary Palisades Amusement Park in Fort Lee / Cliffside Park. From 1898 through its closure in September of 1971, this was an entertainment Mecca. Palisades Amusement Park even had a Battle of the Bands. Out of this history, our Fort Lee Film Commission modern-day Battle of the High School Bands was born."
This year's participating bands include:
With the June 7 contest being the band's third live show, Blind Mountain was formed in March and features students from Cliffside Park High School.
Genre: Described on their Facebook page as "Stoner Rock" & Psychedelic Rock, Blind Mountain focuses mainly on covering 60's/70's rock songs, but has plans to work on writing & recording original music this summer.
The Cleopatra Club
Featuring students from Paramus Catholic High School and Northern Highlands Regional High School.
Originally formed in December 2011 and previously known as "Studio 51", Ninth Minute features musicians from Fort Lee High School, Dwight Morrow Academies in Englewood, and David E. Owens Middle School in New Milford. They have performed at such venues as The Crossroads in Garwood, NJ, Webster Hall in NYC, and the Canvas Clash in Boonton, NJ.
Genre: Alternative Rock
Formed in 2009, Radio Activity features musicians from Dumont High School, New Milford High School, and Hackensack High School, and have performed at such venues as The Bitter End in NYC, Mexical Live, the Whiskey Cafe, and the Apollo Theater.
Genre: Power Pop & Pop-Punk
This being their third live show, Round Trip is a new band formed in April by students from Northern Valley Regional High School at Old Tappan. "This is our first time really playing on a big stage for this many people and it's quite exciting to say the least!"
Genre: Alternative Rock
This will be their very first show: Vision is a brand-new band with members from Fort Lee High School, Bogota High School, and Ridgefield High School.
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Past years' winners of the Fort Lee Battle of the High School Bands have included:
2008 - The Dirt Bags
2009 - The Pedal Pushers
2010 - Once We Were Kids
2011 - Starless
2012 - Doomsday Diaries
For more information, contact the Fort Lee Film Commission at 201-693-2763 or online at www.fortleefilm.org.