BATTLE OF THE BANDS 2019 ELECTRIFIES THE RANCH
In what may come to be known as “The Night The Mayor Rapped”, Battle of the Bands 2019 took over The Ranch on Friday night.
6 local acts assembled to vie for musical supremacy of Barrie. The impressive roster of talent brought an eclectic mix of pop, rock and folk to the stage.
Playing to a jammed pack floor (with close to 700 tickets sold) the annual event did not disappoint. The energized crowd were treated to a collection of original songs and cover versions of blockbuster tunes from the Tragically Hip, Pearl Jam, Led Zepplin and a host of others.
B Knox, lead singer of The Bailouts, said the buzzing building fueled the competitive fires. “The battle was fierce; every band came with the intention of winning. Ultimately though, we are all here to support the charities and they’re the real winners. A special thank you to the organizers and to the Ranch for putting this together; it’s so important to have events like this to spice up the dreary Barrie February”
The highlight of the evening had to be Sonic Coaltion drummer Mayor Jeff Lehman throwing down a rendition of Young MC’s Old School staple Busta Move. We don’t know for certain if this was the first time a sitting mayor dropped a Hip Hop classic on stage. But it’s unlikely any other municipal leaders could pull it off as smoothly as Jeff did.
The competition is easily one of Barrie’s most celebrated musical events of the year. In the 15 years since its inception, Battle of the Bands has generated hundreds of thousands of dollars in funds. The beneficiaries are the MacLaren Art Centre, Kempenfelt Rotary and RVH’s Radio for Cardiology.
But in the end, there can only be one winner.
And this year it was Steve’s Garage, who now own bragging rights until the assembled masses return in a year to crown a new champion.