The Coral Springs Battle of the Bands -- Plus Donuts!

The Battle of the Bands is a throwback to the days before file-sharing. But the concept -- bands offered in both a showcase and a competition setting -- is still one of the best ways to hear (and then judge) an act. You get a live show and the ability to indulge in some schadenfreude. Now, with the support of Dunkin' Donuts (!!), the Coral Springs Council of Executive Officers presents the first Coral Springs Battle of the Bands at the Coral Springs Center for the Arts.

Each participating high school has the opportunity to showcase two bands, with a line-up including The Fleet, Leave It 2 Us, Kaboozle and Impulse. Mindy Lang of Majic 102.7 is acting as event emcee, along with a slew of co-host celebrity judges: Vinnie Rebecca of Style Entertainment, Richard Sality of Coral Spring's School of Rock, and Denny Artache of Iron Butterfly (truth be told, he was a temporary band member in 1993 -- but that means dude knows his psychedelica).


The winning band receives $500 and a slot on the bill at the Coral Springs Festival of the Arts. Second place will receive $250. And a portion of your entry fee will support all participating high schools in the Coral Springs and Parkland area.

As for who our bets are on, that wouldn't be fair - only a fraction of the full line-up is available. But Leave It 2 Us sounds like a pre-Enema of the State Blink 182 (always charming), and Impulse list Metallica and Trivium, an Orlando-based heavy metal band, as influences (definitely promising).

7 p.m. Friday, March 18 at the Coral Springs Center for the Arts, 2855 Coral Springs Drive, Coral Springs. Tickets for those 18 and under are $10 in advance, $15 at the door; $15 in advance and $20 at the door for those over 18. Pick them up at the Coral Springs Center for the Arts Box Office directly after calling 954-344-5990 or at most Coral Springs Dunkin' Donuts locations.


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