Even though there have been intermittent years between them, the 6th Battle of the Bands took place on Friday night, August 4th. Thankfully, it was a warm, sunny evening and the grounds saw 200 plus people come to take in the contest of musicians.
The grand prize for the contest was $900 and a spot in Saturday?s 12:30 lineup on stage at Grizfest. The battle originally had ten bands competing, however only three remained in the end.
Taking stage for the first part of the evening was the group Messenger, with two former Tumbler Ridge residents, Ryan LaPrairie on drums and sister Eva on lead vocals and guitar.
Joining them in their band from Fort MacMurray where they now reside was Derek Wilson on bass and Dan Gillies on guitar and vocals. The group of all young people under 20 sang three songs: Falling Down (original); 8 Days A Week (Beatles cover) and Dirtbag (original).
The second group was Heavy Things, comprised of Ray Proulx (guitar and vocals); Marko Milankov (guitar and vocals); Blaine Broderick (guitar and vocals); Brian Bray (bass) and Adam Younge (drums). Their songs were all originally written: Assassinate My Personality; Dirty Shame and Move.
The third group was severely delayed due to circumstances beyond their control. Weekend Warriors, from Dawson Creek came in about an hour and half later than scheduled, but the crowd waited for them and enjoyed them very much. Their group is all brothers except for one member, consisting of: Winston Goucher (lead guitar); Hank Goucher (lead vocals); Buddy Goucher (bass) and Richard Minault (drums). They played all cover tunes: Janine; Sultans of Swing and She?s Some Kind of Wonderful.
The sponsors for this event were LaPrairie Crane who have stayed the course for this event every yearit has been put on. Judges for the contest were Mayor Mike Caisley and Councillors Rose Colledge and Brenda Holmlund. Sue Thompson was the emcee and she went up with the results to be read, as Reagan LaPrairie presented the prize cheques.
Apparently the delay on the road did not prevent Weekend Warriors from taking first place with their $900 win and the spot in the next day?s lineup. Second prize went to heavy Things, with $400 and third prize went to Messenger, with $200. The bands all played well after the contest was over, entertaining the crow