Bands ready to do battle

By Jessica Dempsey

March 31, 2017 1:24 PM

Saturday will be a night of entertainment, as the Kiwanis KEY Club at Holy Rosary High School is hosting their second annual Battle of the Bands.

“Battle of the Bands is an opportunity to bring local talent together. People that rock out in their garages, basements … and bring them to a common location and give them a chance to showcase their talents,” said Rick Lucas, staff advisory of the Kiwanis club.

At 7 p.m., in the Holy Rosary Commons, bands will take the stage as they aim to raise money for Our Village Uganda.

“It is an opportunity for us to host (the event) and to raise a little bit of money for our sister school, a project in Uganda,” Lucas indicated. “About five years ago we paired up with Our Village Uganda, which is a Christian missionary outreach group.”

The project is not only about building a school and safe place for students to learn, it has been much more.

“One year our money bought solar panels and lights so they can teach in the evening there, and lighting for the kids that are there. Other years our money has been used to put in windows and security issues, and to finish a roof on one of their buildings. So there is never a shortage of projects on their end,” said Lucas.

The event has been student driven, as they have set their eyes on making a perfect event. Including making the posters, manning the Facebook event, getting the popcorn machine, and more.

“KEY Club is all about social justice, so the organization is really empowering young people to go out and recognize the need and make a change in the world. So the key is in the future and potential,” Lucas said.

There is something for everyone, Lucas added, as there are multiple genres and presentations throughout the night.

“It should be a family-friendly event, and if you are into rocking out with kids to a little bit of heavy metal and country,” he said.

There will be about five bands performing, one spoken poet and a rapper, who all get the stage for roughly seven to 10 minutes each.

“There is a range of acts, so some of the music is more alternative, some of it is rap, hip-hop flavour, I believe there is a country selection,” mentioned Lucas.

The top three bands, who are decided by judges, will receive prizes. One of them being airtime on the radio.

Other than great music, the goal of the night is to also raise awareness of those who are not so fortunate.

“Our country is privileged, as much as we don’t really recognize it at times how many gifts we have. There are people who certainly have a lot less and this is a chance for us to share,” explained Lucas.

There will also be items for sale which have been made by the women and children of Our Village Uganda, such as oven mitts and aprons.
Admission to the event is by donation, and their target is to raise is between $500-$1,000 this year.

“There’s never any shortage of need over in Uganda. Since they have opened their doors … they were educating about 28 students, and now I think it’s up to almost 70,” said Lucas.

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