Local rock gods to square off in Battle of the Bands

3 April 2012

MADAWASKA- Organizers of Rock the Valley are searching for the perfect opening act at for their last weekend of June event by hosting a Battle of the Bands at Madawaska High School on Friday, April 21.


Rock the Valley was formed about eight years ago by a “group of [people] who love music,” according to one of the several organizers, David Morneault of Madawaska. The summer concert festival welcomes local musicians and popular rock tribute bands to the area and “rocks the Valley” throughout a weekend.

For the past five years, Rock the Valley organizers have chosen a teen band from around the state to kick off the weekend concert festival by hosting a Battle of the Bands. The deadline for bands to register to compete in the Battle of the Bands is Friday, April 13.

The winner of Battle of the Bands receives the honor of beginning Rock the Valley, but also receives a weekend pass to the music event. Judges from the Rock the Valley committee and some local musicians choose the winner based on how well the band plays and the audience response, determined by applause. As of print time, no bands had registered for the battle.

Morneault said, “If we don’t get enough, we cancel and move on. We still need to rock the valley.”

Battle of the Bands is open to the public. There is a $5 fee at the door for the show, which also doubles as a fundraiser for Rock the Valley. The doors open at 6 p.m. and the show begins at 7 p.m. Bands interested in competing can contact a Rock the Valley committee member, or email madmorno@hotmail.com.

Rock the Valley, scheduled for June 29 and 30, will feature John Clavette and Strange Pleasure, Boomer-ang, and headliner Fleetwood Mix, a Fleetwood Mac tribute band, on Friday. Saturday’s show includes Uprooted, 454, Foreigner tribute Head Games, and Black Sabbath tribute Believer. Ticket information for that event will be available soon.