Rock the Dam battle of the bands ends with packed finale

Next new event this Thursday with Pub & Grub Crawl

The singer of the Rockford youth band Blind Ambition wins the crowd during the finals of Rock the Dam.

Organizers estimated the crowd for the final night of Rock the Dam battle of the bands to be as much as 700 fans who enjoyed a fine evening of impressive talent. The six-band showdown for winning youth and adult bands was packed with people, dogs (see an upcoming edition of the Squire for that story) and smiles. A nice blend of ages in the crowd proved this event one that draws young and old and made use of the perfect setting of the stage and Garden Club Park.

Dan DeWard of Studio D2D came up with the idea, which was readily approved by City Council in spring. As deejay of the event, with winners chosen by a panel of celebrity judges, DeWard said he was thrilled with the turnout over the three-week music series and plans to make the battle of the bands an annual event.

The battle began with 26 bands in youth and adult categories, narrowed down to the final three in each group for the finale. The winning band receives cash prizes and $1,000 in professional studio recording time. All bands received professional photos to be used for promotion, free of charge by Studio D2D.

DeWard said he planned the event to add to the summer menu offered in Rockford, where a different festival seems to be taking place every weekend. More importantly, he said he wanted to create a venue to offer exposure to our many very talented musicians in the West Michigan area.

PLAYING ALONG—Connor Vanos, 2, gets into the groove with his own “air guitar” rendition during Rock the Dam.

DeWard, along with other Rockford-area business people, organized a partnership in Rockford Events Planning to provide a range of services to those who have a gathering planned. The group debuts another Rockford event, the Pub & Grub Crawl, this Thursday, August 18. Participants must wear Pub & Grub Crawl t-shirts, at just $5, and receive fantastic discounts at participating businesses. The Crawl begins with a shotgun start at Rockford Lanes, where crawlers can bowl for $1, play games for beads, and enjoy beverage discounts.

Around 7:15 the Crawl moves to the Corner Bar, then to Grill One Eleven, and finally wraps up at the Rogue River Tavern. Crawl t-shirts are available at Studio D2D, The Edge Barber Shop, Sweet Tooth, Dad’s Tent Rentals, and Grill One Eleven. Two more Crawls are scheduled, one on September 15 and the last for 2011 on October 20.

A youngster enjoying the live music at Rock the Dam maneuvers himself to a better position from which to watch the action of the live bands and soloists.

 

This little music fan also enjoys petting the many dogs downtown during the evening of Rock the Dam finals.

Some fans can’t resist getting up and stepping out, dancing in front of the live entertainment.

Erika DeWard impresses the audience with her solo act between the band performances.

Rock the Dam winner Kari Lynch Band! Photo by TOM SCOTT


 

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