The WillGreen Festival, Battle of the Bands, hosted their first contest at Club Europa in Greenpoint on April 7. The Vanguard, an indie-pop group took first place.
A panel of respected music critics and community members based their judging on the following categories: vocal performance, musicianship, songwriting, chemistry/togetherness, originality, stage presence, audience response and professionalism.
“All the musicians performed well for the judges and the audience,” said WillGreen Festival organizer Marcin Zurawicz, “which made choosing the winner challenging for the judges.” After the jury made their decisions, festival host Morgan Pehme, announced the results:
A monetary prize of $500 was awarded to the first place winners, The Vanguard, who performed a mix of pop, indie and alternative numbers. The 2nd place award went to a rock’n’roll group Bona to Vada. They received $300 prize. In 3rd place was a reggae duet Prince Lion Sound, taking home $150. Bona to Vada also won the Best Promoter Award, a distinction which earned them an additional $300.
“I think the idea is great and the cash prize makes it more fun and makes everyone play better,” said David Zawadzki (The Vanguard guitarist/keyboard player). “I will be upgrading my morning coffee to latte with the money won. Also, our band van needs some new tires, so the money will be spent wisely. We would like to thank the judges as well as the fans and we hope to do it again.”
“The goal of this event is to give local unknown musicians, the chance to promote their music. I am very pleased that the festival brought out so many talented musicians who delivered an evening of musical excitement,” said Zurawicz. He added that the second Battle of the Bands will take place in the spring of next year.
The bands who competed: The Afu (rock/pop/alternative), Waiting For Bobby (pop/rock), Regret the Hour (alternative/indie), Corey Sky (alternative/acoustic/ doo wop), Days Like Months (indie rock), Bona to Vada (rock’n’roll), 7. Monumints (indie rock), 8. Prince Lion Sound (reggae), The Roof Walkers (alternative rock), The Vanguard (indie/pop/alternative), Blue Meadow (pop/rock), Los Huevos (soul/funk), Brand of Julez (rock), Plastiq Passion (new wave rock), special guest Mahavatar (not competing).
Sponsors of the festival were as follows: Victoria Consulting & Development, Art Pix Studio Photo Agency, Nova Restoration, Lighthouse Home Services, S&B Restaurant, Park Deli, Family Dental Care, Amber Steakhouse. The media sponsors of the WillGreen Festival were WG News + Arts and Nowy Dziennik – Polish Daily News.