Just a few short months ago, Danny Rosin, president and co-founder of Band Together, Jim Graves, steering member, and several other members of the 100% volunteer-operated program got together to try and find a new and interesting way of promoting local music and, most importantly, of raising funds for Alliance Medical Ministry, a faith-based organization that helps to secure healthcare for the working uninsured in the community. The result of this brainstorming session was the Last Band Standing event that took place at Lincoln Theatre on Friday, April 8. The event brought together several local bands, all interested in spreading the word about their music and about this worthwhile cause.
Fun, great music, and compassion for others were at the heart of this exciting and inspiring event. Four talented bands competed for the title of Last Band Standing and for the opportunity to perform at Band Together’s 2011 Main Concert Event on Saturday, May 7, which will be headlined by Third Eye Blind. Filthybird’s folksy sounds kicked off the evening followed by a punk-infused performance from Lonnie Walker. Crowd-pleasing rock from House of Fools and The Chris Hendricks Band also heated up the house, but in the end, only one band could take home the $3500 and the prestige of performing at the main concert event and Lonnie Walker emerged as the champion.
The performers were judged by Doug MacMillan, lead singer for The Connells; Corbie Hill, music writer for Independent Weekly; Pat Dickenson, co-owner of the Lincoln Theatre, Jon Rosin a Berkley College of Music grad, and most importantly, by the audience. Though it was a tough call, Lonnie Walker took home the big prize. Now, the band is busy gearing up for the big performance on May 7. For tickets to this event, which will feature music by Third Eye Blind, Dillon Fence and a hot late-night after party, visit http://www.BandTogetherNC.org.
Also be sure to check out exclusive videos from the Last Band Standing event at http://www.youtube.com/TriangleAE