Battle of the Bands to feature five local bands, support Rainbow Connection

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SVSU students will always love fun and will always love music.

One organization that consistently bring people together with music is the student-run group, Cardinal Radio.

On April 6 at 8 p.m., Cardinal Radio is bringing back the Battle of the Bands featuring five local bands that will all participate in a competition for charity. All proceeds from the event will go toward Rainbow Connection, a Rochester-based charity that focuses on granting wishes to children with disabilities and life-threatening illnesses. The goal is to reach $1500.

The Cardinal Radio crew are proud of the outcome of this year’s preparation and promises that it will not be an event to miss.

“We tried doing this type of event last year but it never got any traction,” said Cardinal Radio President Aaron Zaremski. “This year we came at it a lot more dedicated and everyone in the organization really stepped up doing different tasks. Compared to last year, the effort and response is amazing.”

Bands performing include Saginaw’s own Last Night Saved My Life and The White Oranges, Brighton hip-hop act Giraffe Attack, Passage to India from Detroit and Middle Children of History from Montrose.

“We have two SVSU-based bands,” says Vice President of Cardinal Radio Steve Ingham. “We have had contact with these bands and our music director, Landon Defever, has been following these bands for a while. The bands are on the rock side of music, but they bring originality and ingenuity to the concert.”

The event will be at the Thompson Student Activities Center with an admission price of $3 with an SVSU student ID or $5 without. There will also be a “Silver War” where attendees can cast your vote to whichever band you choose by using nickels, dimes and quarters. Whoever ends up with the most change by the end of the night will be the winner, but in a fun turn of events you can also use pennies to detract points from whomever you please, every penny being one cent taken off of the total amount, which, as Zaremski puts it, “promises to be the most civil of silver wars.”

Also, along with the music from Cardinal Radio, they will be offering official Battle of the Bands T-shirts for sale, raffles and a silent auction which includes a special gift basket from the SVSU improv group, Work In Progress, that includes tickets to their next show. Popcorn and cotton candy will be available courtesy of Valley Nights as well as Little Caesar’s pizza, pop and various snacks for $1.

With all that has been promised for the event it seems that this may be an event that students will not want to miss.

“For the three years I have been at SVSU, all I have ever heard is the want and need for a concert,” Zaremski said. “This might not be Lil Wayne or Maroon 5, but this is for a good cause. Every single cent will go to [the Rainbow Connection]. The whole time we have been working on this I have been focusing on doing the maximum good for the Rainbow Connection whilst doing the same for SVSU. I feel like we at Cardinal Radio have done that. Now it is in the hands of the students to come out and help make this battle memorable.”