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Teens to ROCK the Library This Weekend!
Finalists of San José Public Library’s 7th Annual Battle of the Bands set to perform live Saturday
San José, Calif., July 30, 2014——San José Public Library will host a showcase concert featuring the top five finalists of its 7th Annual Battle of the Bands, part of the Library’s Summer Reading Challenge, beginning at 3 p.m., Sat., Aug. 2 at the Almaden Branch Library and Community Center, 6455 Camden Ave.
The finalists include A Guy with a Guitar, Allegro, Cindy B., Odd Army and Quantum.
The five bands will perform up to 20 minutes each in front of a live audience and a panel of professional local musicians and instructors, including Paul Kauppila, rock scholar, music historian, and radio DJ; Socorra Camposanto, singer/songwriter, composer and teacher; Christina Jupp Grove, librarian and private trumpet instructor, and Mark Giannuzzi, drummer and librarian.
Winners will receive $250 for 1st place, $150 for 2nd place and $50 for third place. A special award will be presented to the band with the best video.
The finalists were chosen via an online contest held July 2-19. The public was invited to visit sjpl.org/battleofthebands, watch videos submitted by each band and vote for their favorites. Nearly 800 participated in the voting.
“San José Public Library strives to enrich lives by fostering lifelong learning and exploration in a quest to open new worlds and change lives,” said Angie Miraflor, division manager and head of library programming. “We are very excited that the annual Battle of the Bands music showcase and competitionoffers opportunities for teens to learn, grow and connect through music and technology in a safe space like the library,” she said.
In preparation for their performances, band members utilized the Library’s non-print multi-media resources via librarians who are trained to help them learn how to use new technology. To support these budding musicians in their endeavors, the Library also offered them a free space to rehearse.
Partners for the Battle of the Bands include: Guitar Showcase, LIVE 105, 105.3FM, Music Village, Park Avenue Music Center Band & Orchestra Supply, School of Rock San Jose, San Jose Rock Shop, Streetlight Records, Tap-Tempo Music Shop and The Starving Musician.
“We salute all of the Library’s collaborators for Battle of the Bands,” said Miraflor. “The ongoing success of Library programming and how it impacts our community that we serve takes strong, strategic public-private partnerships. We look forward to working again next year with our growing partner roster.”
An overview of the five finalists may be found here:
A Guy with a Guitar-A Guy with a Guitar has been studying the guitar since 2011. He's currently in two other bands in the lead guitar position, playing instrumental surf rock and traditional rockabilly. He also enjoys playing classic jazz and blues material.
Allegro-“Allegro" is a term commonly used in music, meaning that the piece should be played at a quick, brisk tempo. Comprised of percussion, guitar, ukulele, violin, viola, piano and various vocals, Allegro is dedicated to bringing this cheerful and upbeat attitude to all in the audience. They were brought together at Leland High School and hopes the band is the start of something great.
Cindy B.-According to Cindy B., her musical tastes are eclectic because she's a strong independent woman who doesn’t need to limit her music tastes to a genre.
Odd Army-Odd Army formed in early 2011 as its members were entering high school. They have performed at venues such as school festivals, Santana Row and Stanford Radio Station. Odd Army was initially a cover band. But as they matured, they began writing their own music.
Quantum-Quantum is a combo made up of young high school students. They play a wide variety of styles, ranging from jazz to funk to Latin incorporating the different genres in their performances.
About the Summer Reading Challenge
The Battle of the Bands is part of the San José Public Library Summer Reading Challenge, that began June 1 and runs through July 31. It is the largest seasonal special program produced by the Library and is built around the four themes of reading, learning, exploring and energizing with an emphasis on science, technology, engineering, the arts and math, or STEAM. This is being supported by an extensive series of demonstrations, programs and events including a series of family play groups, kids’ music and movement celebrations, yoga and tai chi instruction, and Mexican folklorico, Aztec and line dance classes at selected library branches.
For more information, please visit sjpl.org/summer.
About San José Public Library
San José Public Library (SJPL), located in the Capital of Silicon Valley, is the largest public library system between San Francisco and Los Angeles. Serving a culturally diverse population of more than one million in the country's 10th largest city, SJPL is one of the busiest library systems nationwide with an annual checkout rate of 11 million items. Award-winning staff strives to ensure library services reflect the city’s rich diversity and that every library customer’s experience is exceptional. SJPL is recognized for its innovation and leadership. It was named the 2004 Thomson Gale/Library Journal Library of the Year and recipient of the National Medal for Museum and Library Service, the nation’s highest honor for a library. For more information, visit www.sjpl.org.
Congratulations to this year's Battle of the Bands winners!
Odd Army formed in early 2011 as its members were entering high school. They have performed at venues such as school festivals, Santana Row, and Stanford Radio Station. Odd Army was initially a cover band, but as they matured, they began writing their own music.
A Guy with a Guitar has been studying the guitar since 2011. He's currently in two other bands in the lead guitar position, playing instrumental surf rock and traditional rockabilly. He also enjoys playing classic jazz and blues material.
Cindy B.’s music taste is eclectic because she's a strong independent woman who doesn’t need to limit her music tastes to a genre.
“Allegro" is a term commonly used in music, meaning that the piece should be played at a quick, brisk tempo. Comprised of percussion, guitar, ukulele, violin, viola, piano, and various vocals, Allegro is dedicated to bringing this cheerful and upbeat attitude to all in the audience. We were brought together through a developing club at Leland High School, and we can only hope that this is the start of something great.
Quantum is a combo made up of young high school students. They play a wide variety of styles, ranging from jazz to funk to latin, and love incorporating the different genres in their performances.
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Celebrate Teen Tech Week 2013, “Check In @ your library”
SAN JOSE, Calif. — Are you a teen (age 12 – 18) that performs with your own band? Ready to move out of the garage and onto a wider stage? Enter San José Public Library’s online "Battle of the Bands," in celebration of Teen Tech Week 2013 (March 10-16).
To enter, have your parents or a friend grab that camcorder and record your best performance. Post the video online (e.g., Facebook, YouTube, etc.). Submit your entry by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org that contains a link to your music online. Be sure to include the following information:
Submit entry by February 9. Please note: No personal information will be posted online.
This contest is open to all musical genres, but no obscene or offensive lyrics are allowed. Inappropriate lyrics or behavior will result in disqualification. Participants may enter together as a group, or as a solo performer. Solo performers must play an accompanying instrument. No karaoke permitted.
What’s next? Your entry will be posted on the official "SJPL Battle of the Bands" site sjpl.org/battleofthebands. Music lovers will be invited to visit the page between February 25 and March 16 to listen in and cast their votes for their favorites. The top five finalists who receive the most online votes will be announced March 19.
The top five finalists from the online voting contest must be available to play at the live final concert on Saturday, March 23 at the new Bascom Library and Community Center (1000 S. Bascom Ave, San Jose). Each band will have up to 20 minutes to perform their set. A panel of judges will evaluate the performers on their musical ability and stage presence. The decision of the judges will be final.
First, second and third place winners will receive the following prizes:
The library gratefully acknowledges the generous support of all its community sponsors, including Pin Up Productions, Live 105.3, Streetlight Records and San Jose Pro Drum.
For more information, including full contest rules, stop by your neighborhood branch of the San José Public Library, or go online to sjpl.org/battleofthebands. For additional Teen Tech Week activities, such as video game days, contests, and crafts, go online to sjpl.org/teens.
About Teen Tech Week:
Teen Tech Week is a national initiative sponsored by the Young Adult Library Services Association and is aimed at teens, their parents, educators and other concerned adults. The purpose of the initiative is to ensure that teens are competent and ethical users of technologies, especially those that are offered through libraries such as DVDs, databases, audio books, and videogames. Teen Tech Week encourages teens to use libraries' non-print resources for education and recreation, and to recognize that librarians are qualified, trusted professionals in the field of information technology.
Congratulations BOTB 2013 Winners!
Lizard Kingdom Progressive Rock
“Lizard Kingdom is heavily influenced by bands such as the Fall of Troy, Ricky Martin, Sha Na Na, Nickelback, Milli Vanilli, and Brian Wilson. In our spare time, we enjoy making balloon animals. Collectively our favorite food is pickles. Our pre-show ritual is we gather around, and run with scissors to display bravery.”
"Cactus is a group that plays for the sheer love of all different kinds of music, whether it be jazz, blues, alternative, classic rock, or Motown. Each practice is always different consisting of spontaneous new ideas every time. We enjoy the simple things in life, humor, and acting weird and crazy!"
Half N Half Indie Rock
“We have been together since Fall 2011, and started out playing covers. But with HALF of us wanting to play this, n Half of us wanting to play that, we finally decided to collaborate to write our own music! “
The library gratefully acknowledges the generous contributions of its community sponsors:
Did you follow Battle of the Bands this year? Did you vote for your favorite bands?
All the bands had an additional chance at winning a prize this year:
our teensReach members voted for the best videos and here are the winners:
Let us know what you think of the videos in the comments!
Teens ages 12-18 can join in on all the fun and participate in the competition for a chance to perform at a live concert in March and WIN awesome prizes!
The top FIVE finalists will compete for prizes at a live publicized concert on Saturday, March 24, at 3 p.m. at Almaden Branch Library and Community Center. The finalists will have up to 20 minutes to perform their set in front of an audience and a judging panel of local music experts. All are invited to attend this exciting concert event, which will showcase local talented youth. The judges will determine the grand prize winner of San Jose Public Library's Battle of the Bands!
We are Asyla, and we enjoy writing and composing hard rock and indie music. We enjoy long walks
on the beach, and candle lit dinners under the sunset. We are inspired by 80's aerobic workout videos. As a group we strive to play music that people will love. And we enjoy Karate.
The Gist is an eclectic (but not necessarily experimental) music group playing various styles of rock (alternative, classic, blues-rock) and some quieter, jazzy arrangements. The Gist enjoys writing original material as well as covering and interpreting some of their favorite artists' songs.
We are an experimental metal band named Kagemusha that formed in 2007. Previously known as Shackled Gunmen/Chorus of the Dead. The demo album record on purevolume is about a year old. The Music there are only our instrumentals. Live performances include singing.
Some Random People (SRP) was formed in the summer of 2010, born out of a common musical interest and love for classic rock. This year brings them into a new phase. They have started working on original music and have never been more excited about their future.
Theseus is a progressive rock band who writes songs featuring many metre changes as well as extended instrumental sections. Their influences include Pink Floyd, Dream Theater, King Crimson, Muse, and Radiohead.
For more information contact (408) 808-2175.