6th Annual Battle Of The Teen Bands

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Students: $8  Adults: $12

 

Talented teen bands will perform onstage for our renowned panel of judges for the chance to win the 2017 title and a mix and mastered recording of their live performance from the event.

Our judges, veterans of the music industry, offer a great gift to the competing bands by contributing their insight and experience to help these young musicians develop. Our 2017 panel includes:

- Lee Dannay has over twenty years experience in the music industry, including 15 years in A&R at Sony Music. While at Sony, Lee signed, developed and worked with a variety of artists including John Mayer, Shawn Mullins, Five For Fighting, Anna Nalick and General Public. Lee then moved on to become VP of A&R for Warner/Chappell Music, with a broad and celebrated roster that included Gary Louris of the Jayhawks, Brandi Carlile, Iron and Wine, Oscar winners Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova of The Swell Season, and others. Currently, Lee is President of GoodWorks Music, an artist development and consulting company, and is head of A&R for Thirty Tigers Entertainment Company, a Nashville based independent label.

Steve Addabbo is a Grammy nominated producer, musician, writer, recording engineer and owner of Shelter Island Sound Recording studio in NYC. Steve’s production and engineering work on Suzanne Vega’s first two albums set a new standard for the singer songwriter genre and helped pave the way for artists like Shawn Colvin, Tracy Chapman, and many others.  Suzanne’s second album, Solitude Standing, with the worldwide hits “Luka” and “Tom’s Diner” went multi-platinum. Steve also co-produced Shawn Colvin’s Grammy Award winning debut album, “Steady On.” Recent projects include mixing Bob Dylan’s Bootleg X, “Another Self Portrait”, unreleased recordings from 1970, recording Bobby McFerrin’s “SpiritYouAll”, Jeff Buckley’s “You and I”, mixing all 400 + tracks from the Grammy (2017) nominated Bob Dylan Bootleg 12, “The Cutting Edge”, Richard Barone’s newly released “Sorrows and Promises” and Steve’s own debut album, “Out of Nothing”. 

- Chris Rodriguez, better known as Coach, the morning man on 107.1 The Peak, has always called Westchester home and LOVES live music. He started listening to radio in the early 90’s right around when grunge broke through, forever changed by Nirvana’s “Nevermind” album. As a kid, he would sit in his room and put together makeshift radio shows with the music he liked, imitating the DJ's on the radio, which eventually led to running his college radio station. Earning the moniker “Coach” from coaching youth basketball, he is know for being brutally honest on the air and speaking his mind.

Meet our 2017 competitors:

Ursula Hansberry is an Americana singer-songwriter who was born in Wisconsin and bred in the Hudson Valley. She began writing music at the age of 14 and hasn't stopped since. Ursula is influenced by Dave Matthews, Colin Hay, and Ryan Bingham. 

Ursula Hansberry is an Americana singer-songwriter who was born in Wisconsin and bred in the Hudson Valley. She began writing music at the age of 14 and hasn't stopped since. Ursula is influenced by Dave Matthews, Colin Hay, and Ryan Bingham. 

Saya is a 17-year old singer/songwriter from Scarsdale, New York. She began writing songs at 11, and taught herself guitar at 12. Influenced by Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran, Maroon 5, Fleetwood Mac, and Joni Mitchell, Saya’s songs range from soft folk ballads to empowering pop-rock anthems. In 2016, her song “Cruel World” placed her as a finalist in the American Songwriting Awards. In New York, she has performed at venues such as The Bitter End, Sidewalk Café, Purpl, and 12 Grapes among others. She will be attending Berklee College of Music this fall.

Saya is a 17-year old singer/songwriter from Scarsdale, New York. She began writing songs at 11, and taught herself guitar at 12. Influenced by Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran, Maroon 5, Fleetwood Mac, and Joni Mitchell, Saya’s songs range from soft folk ballads to empowering pop-rock anthems. In 2016, her song “Cruel World” placed her as a finalist in the American Songwriting Awards. In New York, she has performed at venues such as The Bitter End, Sidewalk Café, Purpl, and 12 Grapes among others. She will be attending Berklee College of Music this fall.

For a sixteen year old high school student, Katelin Penner's swelling indie folk carries a surprising amount of melancholy, causing comparisons to musicians such as Elena Tonra of Daughter and Julien Baker. The New Yorker's unique tone and lyrically-driven music are poignant, raw, and fresh.

For a sixteen year old high school student, Katelin Penner's swelling indie folk carries a surprising amount of melancholy, causing comparisons to musicians such as Elena Tonra of Daughter and Julien Baker. The New Yorker's unique tone and lyrically-driven music are poignant, raw, and fresh.

Solar Sound Band is made up of siblings Noga, Adam, and Zohar Cabo, and Eli Zane Gunther. Their music is infused with pop, rock, folk, country, and funk influences creating a unique and compelling performance. Recently, they simultaneously released their first EP of original music and  their CD, which includes the originals on the EP and 4 covers.  

Solar Sound Band is made up of siblings Noga, Adam, and Zohar Cabo, and Eli Zane Gunther. Their music is infused with pop, rock, folk, country, and funk influences creating a unique and compelling performance. Recently, they simultaneously released their first EP of original music and  their CD, which includes the originals on the EP and 4 covers.