BY ANDREW HILL
Music fans in the Scranton area were treated to a fantastic Battle of the Bands Saturday courtesy of the Lackawanna County Arts and Culture Department. Four bands from four local colleges took part in a fierce musical competition in the historic Electric City Trolley Museum.
Static in the Attic from Keystone College got the crowd going with its unique wah pedal and funk-influenced rock sound. The group delivered a solid performance that was a great first act.
RiSE, a Christian rock band from Baptist Bible College, had the tough second slot. The group’s acoustic-electric sound and impressive multi-vocalist setup had many people on their feet singing along to original songs of worship.
In the third slot, The University offered up local hit Eye on Attraction for the competition. As soon as the band was announced, members of the group’s rabid fan base moved to the front on their feet, ready for yet another performance. Riff-heavy songs with pounding drums were the highlight of Eye on Attraction’s set list, ending with the local hit “16 Queens.”
Following Eye on Attraction, Marywood University delivered with Kids in a Sandbox. Kids’ sound is influenced heavily by classic rock acts such as The Beatles and Lynyrd Skynyrd. The highlight of this performance was a well-done mashup of Kid Rock’s “All Summer Long” with Lynyrd Skynyrd’s smash hit “Sweet Home Alabama.”
With all the acts finished, the judges — Alicia Grega of the Electric City, Kait Burrier of the Weekender and Chris Calvey of the Arts and Culture Department — deliberated for what seemed like forever. The announcer stepped to the microphone and announced that Eye on Attraction was the winner of the competition and won the $600 prize and has the opportunity to play for Scranton’s Listen Local soon. Congratulations to Eye on Attraction.
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