THE NIGHT STUFF
Band battle fun, tough to judge
By Derek Paiva
Advertiser Entertainment Writer
A few words of advice, should you find yourself tapped to judge one of the many "battle of the bands" competitions popping up around town: Angle for a slot at the finals.
Five weeks of rough-and-tumble elimination rounds leading into the Oct. 28 Vans Triple Crown of Surfing Battle of the Bands finals at the Hard Rock Café resulted in a slate of fine local alternative rock bands that were fun to watch, and unexpectedly difficult for five judges to select a unanimous winner from. For me, an oddly weighted judging system based primarily on audience reaction rather than talent or stage presence made the job even more difficult.
Still, having the crowd count for so much on the judges' scorecards did result in a wall-to-wall gathering of fans coming out on a weeknight to support their favorite locally-bred rock band. Even more impressive was seeing dedicated fans of Free Sound and Amplified wait patiently to raise the roof for the bands' post-1 a.m. performances.
The judgment: a three-way tie between Hot Rain, Neken and Amplified. Promoter Turk Cazimero of Hawaiian Hurricane Productions later said five weeks of competition hadn't come close to producing even a two-way tie. All three bands won the grand prize of opening slots at tomorrow's Triple Crown Kick-Off Concert at Sea Life Park.
A second round of Triple Crown band battles this time with separate alt-rock and reggae competitions kicked off Tuesday at the Hard Rock and will continue weekly through December. Entry is $10. Doors open at 9 p.m. Call 955-7383 for more information.
Finally, expect Los Angeles-based underground hip-hop crew Dilated Peoples to throw down a decent live set when it arrives for a Monday show at the Pipeline Café. Composed of that most classic of hip-hop lineups two MCs backed by one very prominent DJ Dilated Peoples has skirted the edges of mainstream success since the late '90s, while still adhering to a sonic mix dense with gritty left-of-mainstream appeal.
The trio hasn't dropped a new disc since its 2001 sophomore effort "Expansion Team." But with a third CD, "Neighborhood Watch," slated for February release, Evidence, Iriscience and cut-n-scratch master DJ Babu would be guilty of poor marketing for holding back new tracks from their Pipeline audience. Doors open at 9:30 p.m.; tickets are $15 advance, $20 door. 18 and older. Call 589-1999 for more information.
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