Movin’ On has once again begun its search for Penn State’s most unique bands to show their talent in its Battle of the Bands .
Throughout the month of February, local bands can apply for a chance to compete in the battle. The winners will be given a spot on the Movin’ On stage.
“We are looking for a really fun, energetic band with good stage presence and be aware of the audience,” Katherine Brase , battle chair, said.
Around 60 to 70 bands enter to compete in the Battle of the Bands, Brase said. Once the application process is over, the core committee will sort through the applicants and choose which 12 bands will be competing for the two coveted spots.
“We are looking for something to bring diversity to our lineup,” Tim Gould , the director of operations, said.
The battle will take place on March 23 in Alumni Hall in the HUB-Robeson Center. The time has not been set yet for the competition, but two winners will emerge from that night and be given the chance to open for Movin’ On.
Each band will be given 15 minutes to show its best. No covers are allowed in the completion — only original songs.
Last year’s performers Keegan Tawa and Wondershop Showdown dominated the competition, gaining the two spots at Movin’ On. Tawa said he will be competing again in the Battle of Bands this year.
“It was a great experience to win,” Tawa said. “I gained a ton of publicity and recognition.”
The competition will be free for all PSU students to come and watch. The winners will be chosen by a panel of judges, made up of Movin’ On committee members and guest judges.
“Bands should display high levels of creativity and energy,” Gould said. “They have to stand out from the crowd by either having a unique sound or twist different from everyone else.”