Battle of the Bands Comes to West Michigan

Written by Terry DeBoer on . Posted in Local

 tricia brock    Rob Guerin is stoked about the upcoming “Battle of the Bands” at Kent City Baptist Church set for Fri. March 28.
     “I think we’ve got the details nailed down – and we’re getting response to this from places where we haven’t even promoted it,” said Guerin, who is heading up the effort.
     It’s an event with a one-two punch: a Battle of the Bands competition on Friday will yield a winner who will be the opening act at the Tricia Brock concert the following night.

     Brock, the former lead singer for the Grammy-nominated Christian band Superchick, headlines the bill on Saturday. Tickets for the two concerts are sold separately.
     Guerin is on the development committee for Algoma Christian School and the weekend concerts were planned as a fundraiser for the school but also as a way to promote Christian music in the community.
     At press time there were 16 Christian music artists signed up to be part of “the battle.”

                      ARTISTS FROM FAR AND WIDE

     “We’ve got bands from as far away as the Traverse City area,” Guerin noted of the pop-rock-rap group Fallwell.
     Church worship teams from Solon Wesleyan and Springs Church of Cedar Springs have entered the battle. But there’s also a variety of solo artists and other ensembles: Wake Up Call, a pop-rock trio from Wyoming; Before & After, a band out of Grace Bible College, and the hard rock sounds of Embracing Silence from near Flint.
     “Actually, we’re getting a little of every style,” Guerin said.
     Each band gets 12 minutes of stage time during the battle to play however many tunes they can in the allotted time. However, one of the songs must be a “cover” tune which likely would be familiar to the judges.

     To smooth the playing field, the “house” will provide a drum kit and sound system. That should speed up set-changes between acts, which are only eight minutes long.
     Since the differing musical styles will be like comparing “apples to oranges,” the scoring will be done by four pre-selected judges. There will be no audience or on-line voting.
     The judges include Algoma Christian School music director Nancy Edinger, a student from the school and a former area church worship pastor. An official from Sonic Tree Studios in Grand Rapids will also be a judge (the winning artist gets a three-song recording session there).
     Among solo artists competing are Matt Pearson from Rockford and Micah DeMass from the Lansing area. Singer Marty Lamain, best known as front man for the band Cities & Saints, has entered as a solo act.

                         HEADLINER TRICIA BROCK

   The winner will open Saturday night for Brock, who is best known for fronting the Christian pop-rock band Superchick which had top Christian radio hits such as “Stand in the Rain” and “We Live.” The Grammy-nominated band toured and recorded for more than a decade before officially ending its run last year. She released a solo worship album in 2011, but her most recent effort is “Radiate,” which touches on themes about positive self-esteem and the overarching love of God.
   The album was co-written and produced by her husband Nick Baumhardt, a guitarist in the Christian band Stellar Kart.
     With underwriting from area businesses and support from the school’s constituent families added to ticket sales so far, Guerin believes they’re already in the black.
     “I’m already thinking about some ideas on this for next year,” he said.
     A video promoting the concert is available at:

If You Go:

Battle of the Bands: 6 p.m. Fri. March 28
Tricia Brock concert: 6 p.m. Sat. March 29
Where: Kent City Baptist Church, 400 W. Muskegon St. Kent City, Mich.
Battle of the Bands tickets $5
Tricia Brock tickets $10 advance, $15 at the door (group discounts available)
Concerts are a fundraiser for Algoma Christian School
Tickets and more info:, 800-965-9324, ,

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Terry DeBoer
Terry is journalist who writes for newspapers, magazines, newsletters and websites. His most frequented “beat” is arts and entertainment. He is married with two children and lives in Grand Rapids.

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