Musicians compete in Battle of the Bands

Lifestyle Reporter
Morgan Graf of Merilette and Austin Sisler, sound recording technology sophomore, perform March 5 during battle of the bands at George's in LBJ Student Center.

San Marcos is full of artistic talent, and its local bands are no exception.

The Student Association for Campus Activities (SACA) hosted a Battle of the Bands March 5. The annual event began in 2010. The contest is held to select the band that will open for River Fest, San Marcos’ music event, said Celina Concha, communication studies junior and Pride & Traditions Coordinator of SACA.

Concha said the event is continuously successful and had a high attendance rate this year.

“This year, we hit the maximum of 150 people allowed in George’s at one time by 7:15p.m. and a total of approximately 400 attendees coming and going,” Concha said.

These numbers are a reflection of how much preparation, time and effort SACA puts into this event, she said.

“We typically start planning for Battle of the Bands the semester before winter break,” Concha said. “Right at the beginning of January, when the new semester starts up, is when we hit the ground running with finding the equipment, fliers, advertising and such.”

Concha said the event takes about three months of preparation to put on.

This year’s Battle of the Bands featured a total of 10 local groups. The bands that performed were Our Last Day, The Question, Broke Folks, No Idea, Abandoned Under Fire, Merilette, The Converse, Ledger, New To Me and Alive and Fun.

The performances included various genres and ranged from groups to soloists.

Cody Silveira, international studies freshman, said he found the musical diversity of the contest appealing.

 “Pretty much every single act was phenomenal and super talented, although the acts were completely different, featuring genres like indie music, hard rock and alternative,” Silveira said. “It was really nice to see such diversity and be able to experience all the different styles and preferable music genres from people at our university.”

Cole Smith, English sophomore, said the event provided an artistic outlet and exposure for local bands.

“I think that this event is really awesome because not only is it free, live music for students, but I think it promotes creativity and really helps get these band names out there,” Smith said.

Concha said Battle of the Bands is a unique entertainment opportunity for the students and residents of San Marcos.

“Although the Battle of the Bands event is mainly a contest to directly select the band that will perform the opener for River Fest, this event is also a great way to showcase all of the talent here at Texas State and in San Marcos in general,” Concha said. “And even on top of that, it’s another opportunity for entertainment for students and San Marcos residents.”

The winner of the 2015 Battle of the Bands and opener for the upcoming River Fest was Broke Folks, a local indie band.

 “I really enjoyed working with the Battle of the Bands this year,” Concha said. “I always do, but I feel that this year was a really diverse, talented and successful one.”