Indie rock, acoustic, rap, heavy metal, and maybe some a capella will all invade Burt Kahn Court at WQAQ’s annual Battle of the Bands on Saturday.
Submissions to perform at the event were accepted until Feb. 25. The only requirement was that one member of the band be a Quinnipiac student—a perfect opportunity for local bands or performers to gain publicity.
“We have received a number of rap submissions this year so I am excited to see how QU represents in that genre of music,” WQAQ Music Manager Kyle Murphy said. “We’re really amped to see how Quinnipiac students perform this year.”
Freshman rapper Chuck Revere will be one of the many performers showcasing his skills.
“I feel like it is going to be a great event showcasing all the talent Quinnipiac has to offer. I’m excited for certain acts that I know are performing and it is gonna be cool being one of the rare rappers up there,” Revere said. “I’ll be performing an array of my most popular songs. Expect a Knarly performance.”
Last year’s winner was Myopia, a metal band from New Haven. Their performance resulted in a mosh pit in front of the stage.
Jacquelyn Andstrom, WQAQ’s PR and promotions director, said she hopes this year’s event will be even better.
“The Battle of the Bands typically brings a very diverse lineup and as a result draws a diverse crowd,” Andstrom said. “The winner opens for the WQAQ spring concert, so all artists are well-rehearsed and bring forth their best efforts.”
Past headliners for WQAQ’s spring concert include Manchester Orchestra, Minus the Bear, and Say Anything.
In addition to the coveted opening spot, this year’s winner will receive $300.
Admission is free and the event will begin at 7 p.m.