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February 5, 2013 > 50 years of battling bands

50 years of battling bands

By Gustavo Lomas

A band, in the beginning, only has its members, instruments, and empty pieces of paper. Some may simply seek fame but for others, fame is simply part of a much larger dream. This year marks the 50th Hayward Area Recreation and Park District's Battle of the Bands, and for those who participate, a first step toward success.

The mission of H.A.R.D. is, "to enrich the quality of life for our community by providing a variety of recreation activities, parks and facilities that promote health and wellness, learning and fun." Michael Maine, Recreation Leader 2, said, "This is about broadening opportunities for the youth and bands who perform. It gives the bands a chance to play at a big venue that seats up to 1,400 people on a great stage in a nice place, not to mention an experience that can be a starting point."

The battle was originally held at Sunset High School, but moved to Chabot College a few years later. The event's 50th year, an excellent turnout is expected; usually 700 to 800 people attend but this year Maine is expecting to sell out. "Normally we would pick the top twelve bands to perform but this year we only took the top ten as we are having the band Y&T perform as the main act. This year's Battle of the Bands is also dedicated to our founders, Doris Marcel, Luis Guzman and Leroy Pegasus who recently passed away." Maine added.

Since its beginning, Battle of the Bands has had many winners, some who have become quite famous, including Y & T, Deep Purple, Mr. Big, Billy Satellite, and Metallica. This year's opening act will be 2010 winners, Rundown Radio (formerly Devils Angels). The winning band will be determined by judge's scores based on performance, originality and audience reaction.

In addition to the music, a video will pay tribute to the last 50 years of Battle of the Bands. T-shirts will be available for purchase for $15 and a DVD of the production will be available for $20.

Proceeds from Battle of the Bands will benefit H.A.R.D. so it can continue youth programs for the community and improve the quality of life for all citizens.

This event is open to all. The price will be $15 at the door. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the show starts at 6:30 p.m; tickets will go on sale at 5 p.m. Reserve tickets in advance for $12 by calling (510) 881-6700 or purchase online at

For more information, visit or call (510) 888-0211.

Band line up:

Rundown Radio - Guest Band (2010 Winner)
Gypsy Flight
Fleetwood Mask
Zen Vendetta
Jordan and The Hashmites
The Switch
The Rob Sesma Band
The Growing Room
My Evergreen Soul
Ten Days New - Guest Band (2012 Winner)
Y&T - Guest Band

Battle of the Bands
Saturday, Feb 9
6:30 p.m.
Chabot College
Reed L. Buffington Visual and Performing Arts Center
25555 Hesperian Blvd., Hayward
(510) 888-0211

(510) 881-6700

Tickets: $12 dollars in advance, $15 at the door

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