Student bands to do battle in Carbondale on Saturday |

Student bands to do battle in Carbondale on Saturday

Aspen Times staff report
Aspen, CO Colorado
Published: Stewart Oksenhorn The Aspen Times

CARBONDALE – More than 20 student bands will rock the stage at the Roaring Fork High School Auditorium on Saturday, May 8, at Band Battle 2010.

Sponsored by Jazz Aspen Snowmass, the event will feature student talent from across Colorado’s Western Slope, including local outfits from Aspen, Basalt, Carbondale and Glenwood Springs.

The music begins at noon with the Glenwood Springs High School Jazz Band and is scheduled to conclude some five hours later with Slightly White, a rock ‘n’ roll trio from Aspen.

“There’s so much young talent in our valley,” said Steve Marker, JAS Band Battle director and guitarist for the alt-rock band Garbage. “This event is a great opportunity for students to interact and see what their peers are playing.”

This is the second year for the JAS Band Battle, which grew out of the Basalt Battle of the Bands, founded by valley musicians Biff Phillips and Dan Sadowsky about a dozen years ago. The festival used to occur on two outdoor stages in downtown Basalt, but has moved indoors to the high school in Carbondale, and onto one stage instead of two.

JAS officials see the Band Battle as a performance-oriented complement to their existing music education programs in local schools.

The essence of the “battle” remains very similar to the original Basalt event, with young musicians performing in front of a live audience. The acts, whether solo singers or school-sanctioned jazz ensembles or scrappy garage bands, will each have 10 minutes on stage to show off their chops.

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