Local Bands Battle It Out for Richmond Habitat
Seven local bands performed at the Broadberry this Sunday to raise money for Richmond Habitat
On Sunday, April 26th, seven local bands competed to help raise money for Richmond Metropolitan Habitat for Humanity’s first Battle of the Bands! Over 30 local musical acts entered, narrowed down to the top seven. Kat Simons from Lite98 served as MC for the event and five local judges helped to determine the winner.
Bands included Alternate Ending, Big Mama Shakes, Lé Musiq, Merrin Karas, Nick Faulconer and the Way, Trophy Sons, and Yesterday & Tomorrow.
Our esteemed panel of judges included Allen Skillman, drummer for the band Fun Size, Ameera Delandro, singer/songwriter featured on NBC’s The Voice, D.J. Williams from DJ Williams Projekt, Blaqtronic, The Breaks, Williams & Jones, Karl Densons Tiny Universe, Terry Porter, Richmond Habitat Construction Supervisor and resident musician, and Mark Ingraham from Bio Ritmo, The DJ Williams Projekt, Beast Wellington, The Trongone Band, Oregon Hill Funk All Stars.
In 2014, Richmond Metropolitan Habitat for Humanity formed a Youth Leadership Council comprised of local youth between the ages of 13 and 18 dedicated towards furthering the mission of Habitat for Humanity. The Battle of the Bands is the Youth Leadership Council’s first fundraiser. Thanks to the generosity of the Broadberry, we were able to hold this year’s event in one of Richmond’s best concert venues free of charge, ensuring that all proceeds from this year’s event will help Richmond Habitat build even more homes in the Greater Richmond area.
The competition was extremely tight, but after much deliberation, our Judge Favorite winner was Big Mama Shakes and our Crowd Favorite was Yesterday & Tomorrow!
Congratulations and thank you to everyone who participated, volunteered, judged, hosted, and attended!