“Battle of the Bands” – Popular demand
A night of music and competition, Battle of the Bands is a much-loved event on the SAAUCC calendar.
The stage was set at Fat Controller. All bands had sound-checked and the audience began trickling in around 8. Band members Ella (vocals, keys), Brandon (acoustic, keys), Oliver (drummer), Matt (bass), Donnie (electric guitar), Kienan (vocalist), and Ami (saxophone), enjoyed a quiet dinner on Bank Street while they waited. Four nights ago, they performed at Lincoln’s Music Night, their first public performance together.
Last year, Lincoln’s band came second out of the five bands. They faced some strong competition, as they would again that night. This year’s team was an experienced one. Ami, Donnie, Ella, and Brandon, were all members of last year’s band, and were keen to show Oliver, Matt, and Kienan how it’s done.
The band kicked off at 9. It was an unfortunate setback, being the first band to play on the night, but the team wasn’t letting it get them down. They began the show with Valerie, Ella stunning all with her vocals, and Brandon taking up the keys. The band brought the night to life with their soulful tunes and catchy rhythm.
Next came Let Me Down Easy, with Kienan emerging from back stage to take on vocals, while Ella moved to keys and Brandon took up acoustic. This track had a more laid back feel to it, with Ami taking up the songs soaring melody on the sax.
Ella returned to vocals as the band launched into My Happiness. Guitarist, Donnie, who has been a fan of Bernard Fanning his whole life, was particularly excited to be performing this song on stage.
The band’s final song, Zombie, was an absolute show-stopper. The heavy instrumental coupled with Ella’s amazing vocals, had the crowd going wild. Such a performance was the perfect end to the band’s set list, and was a testament to the musical talent of each band member.
Even though the band did a phenomenal job, what made the night so memorable was the Lincoln crowd. Support for the band was unreal, with everyone singing along and cheering them on.
Congrats to Aquinas for taking the win (again). We’ll be back for the trophy next year.