The VEISHEA battle of the bands saw a format change for this year’s festival, but still features a diverse lineup of acts from alternative rock to hip hop and indie singer-songwriter artists.
With Live @ VEISHEA becoming a two night event, this year’s battle of the bands has been condensed to one night at the Maintenance Shop.
In previous years, the Battle of the Bands has been Friday night at the main outdoor stage with one national act headlining — headliners have included Local H, Saliva, Eve 6, Trapt and Motion City Soundtrack. Bands were selected to perform Friday from entries, with about 10 other bands each competing for the last two remaining spots during Friday night’s performance in two “wild card” rounds, held Wednesday and Thursday at the M-Shop.
This year, the VEISHEA Committee abandoned that format, leaving the “wild card” rounds behind and hosting the event on Thursday at the Maintenance Shop with seven bands performing.
Will Postler and Amy Peyton, this year’s VEISHEA entertainment co-chairpersons, said the Friday concert had lacked strong student attendance, so scaling the event back seemed the best use of resources. It also allows for more prominent national bands to perform with a second night of Live @ VEISHEA.
Andrew Lopez, organizer for the event and junior in communication studies, said the committee wanted to get away from having a battle mentality and make it more of a showcase with mainly local artists and more of a friendly community feel.
The showcase still comes with a prize of $100 and Pinnacle Records will donate time to produce a three-song demo for free.
VEISHEA Battle of the Bands
When: 7 p.m. Thursday
Where: Maintenance Shop, Memorial Union
- Shaun Billz
- Genre: Hip hop, rap
- Members: Shaun Mathis, Jay Cuzzin
- Nuclear Rodeo
- Genre: Pop rock
- Members: Campbell DeSousa, Phil Young, Jordan Mayland, Steven Rood, Dustin Harmsen
- Genre: Psychedelic and soul
- Members: Steven Fisk
- Android’s Dungeon
- Genre: Pop punk
- Members: Isaac Schmidt, Justan Spaid, Brenton Grimm, Peter Seifert, Brian Grootveld
- Who Wants to Know
- Genre: Alternative rock
- Members: Alex Erwin, Chad Lewis, Kyle Enke, Nick Boeyink
- Genre: Alternative funk
- Members: Josh Tenney, Andy Boyd, Tommy Hoffman
- Josh Mellman
- Genre: Rock, acoustic
- Members: Josh Mellman, Benjamin Lau, Cody Kramer
Both Android’s Dungeon and Bombardier performed in last year’s Battle of the Bands.