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Battle of the Bands to benefit Massena Boys & Girls Club

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MASSENA - Local bands are invited to participate in the annual St. Lawrence Centre Battle of the Bands Charity Fest on March 29 with proceeds from this year’s event benefitting the Massena Boys and Girls Club.

Bands can play any kind of music and may include people of all ages, although children under 18 must have a liability form signed by their parents.

“We can have anything from folk and country to hard rock and metal,” St. Lawrence Centre Marketing Assistant Lindsey S. Breitbeck said. “We don’t discriminate. We invite everyone to come and play, all for a great cause.”

Ms. Breitbeck said one of the things unique about the mall’s event is it gives local musicians a family-friendly venue to play their music.

“So many bands have members that have kids, but since they’re usually playing in bars at night, their children don’t get a chance to see mom and dad or maybe an aunt or uncle play,” she said.

Up for grabs will be nearly $500 in prizes including a $200 gift certificate to Dick’s Country Store and Music Oasis, a $100 gift certificate to Northern Music & Video, a $100 St. Lawrence Centre gift card, and a tone gen guitar tuner and tambourine from StarTech Computers.

In addition, Ms. Breitbeck said the winning band will hear their songs played on 101.5 The Fox, as well as have the opportunity to play at the mall’s annual Independence Day celebration.

“Bands are judged on their performance quality and creativity,” Ms. Breitbeck said, adding that profanity will result in an immediate disqualification.

“It’s an all-ages show, so the only thing we ask is that bands don’t use any profanity,” she said. “We really are trying to gear this as a family friendly show to benefit the Boys and Girls Club.”

Each band will play for 20 minutes and have 10 minutes to set up and break down its equipment.

As of Tuesday afternoon, Ms. Breitbeck said that two bands, Into the Black and Juggernaut Agenda, have paid deposits and are confirmed for the show, with several other bands expected.

The deadline to register your band is Monday with a non-refundable $20 deposit due upon registration.

“That money goes straight to the Boys and Girls Club,” she said, adding the club will also receive proceeds from ticket sales.

Tickets are available in advance for $8 at the mall’s customer service desk or for $10 at the door.

The night’s first band will hit the stage at 6 p.m.

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