Record Store Day Battle of the Bands
Besides being massively successful bands, what do the Cure, Green Day, No Doubt and U2 all have in common? The list is probably lengthy, but the one we’d like to emphasize is that these rock stars all started out together as teenagers.
So if you happen to be a high school student with some real musical genius and dreams of making it big, here’s your chance to get a leg up in your endeavors. Record Store Day has teamed up with indie record stores across the nation to host the Battle of the Bands this October and November.
Participating indie stores will choose their top local high school bands and then champion them nationally for a chance to win phenomenal prize offerings and be included on a compilation disc released on Record Store Day 2010.
As for the specifics of that phenomenal prize package, the best of the best will take home a Fender® gear pack that includes a:
- Fender Road Worn™ ’50s Stratocaster®
- Fender Road Worn ’50s Precision Bass®
- Fender California Series™ Kingman™ SCE Electric Acoustic
- Fender Super-Sonic™ Amp
- Fender Bassman® Fifteen Bass Amp
- Gretsch® Blackhawk™ Drum Kit
- Sabian® Cymbals
- Gibraltar® Drum Hardware
If that full range of top-notch equipment isn’t enough to get you off the Internet and into an actual store to register, consider this: The grand-prize winner will also receive studio time production services with producer/musician/manager/ songwriter Jack Ponti (Bon Jovi, Alice Cooper, India.Arie, Aiden, Boyz II Men) and mixer Kevin ”The Caveman” Shirley, who has mixed records for Iron Maiden, HIM, Slayer, Aerosmith and Led Zeppelin.
Nine runner-up bands will each receive a Fender G-DEC® Amp, preloaded with loops and other tools for practicing and songwriting, along with Fender swag bags containing T-shirts and other accessories.
The original idea for Record Store Day was conceived by Chris Brown, and was founded in 2007 by Eric Levin, Michael Kurtz, Carrie Colliton, Amy Dorfman, Don Van Cleave and Brian Poehner as a celebration of the unique culture surrounding more than 700 independently owned record stores in the United States, and hundreds of similar stores internationally.
Record Store Day is the one day (to be held each year on the third Saturday in April) on which all of the independently owned record stores unite with artists to celebrate the art of music. Special vinyl and CD releases and various promotional products are made exclusively for the day, and hundreds of artists in the United States and other nations worldwide, make special appearances and performances. Festivities include performances, cookouts, body painting, artist meet & greets, parades, and DJ appearances. Metallica officially kicked off Record Store Day at Rasputin Music in San Francisco on April 19, 2008.