Valley Rocks Out in Monarch Hall.
By Yesenia Burgara, Staff Writer
Valley held its first “Battle of the Bands” in Monarch Hall Friday, where five bands performed live in front of Valley students, visitors and judges. The event was presented by 95.1 KVCM Monarchs Radio and the KVCM Broadcasting Club.
The Broadcasting Club President Krystal Hill was content with the turnout, $371 were raised and will be used for broadcasting equipment, 53 tickets were sold at $7 each.
“It was a good turnout. It’s something we never tried before and we had a really good time. We had a solid crew and great bands, everyone was really feeling it, everyone wants to do it again,” she said. “We are going to try to make it an annual event.”
The bands, Amplified Inception, The Aeons, The Voxes, Eruption and No Girlfriends rocked out on stage playing indie, indie rock and heavy metal. The bands were all recruited by Broadcasting Club members. They all competed for social media coverage by KVCM, music and all interviews posted on KVCM’s SoundCloud and winners music played at top and bottom of every hour.
The bands followed the traditional rock lineup except for No Girlfriends who were the only all-girl performers of the night, Neko Gehr (a 2009 Valley alumna), her twin Jess Gehr, Janelle Obert, and Rose Erangey.
The ebb and flow of the crowd changed as different bands came and left. Between sets, Valley Broadcasting major Abraham Salazar played top while the audience enjoyed pizza and soft drinks which were included with admission.
Their performances were judged on creativity, cohesiveness, stage performance, musicianship and audience response by ASU Secretary Janet Lamas, ASU Cheif Justice Lisette “Liz” Martinez, Media Arts Professor Adrian Castillo, Jolynn Braswell a blogger for badassbandsblog.com and Marvin Columbus dancer and choreographer from 80s and 90s and coordinator of Valley’s first boxing event.
“Easily the best band of the night. Creative, fun and they ripped,” blogged Braswell.
Columbus said,“They were flawless and had great presence. They deserved to win.”
No Girlfriends celebrated their victory by taking pictures with their fans and announced they would be playing at Make Music in Pasadena on June 6.