Musical smorgasbord planned for Saturday

Nicole Fano

WQAQ’s annual Battle of the Bands concert will feature quite the musical mashup in Burt Kahn Court this Saturday.

Rap, acoustic pop, metal and rock acts will all compete for the winning prize of $300 and the chance to perform as the opening act for WQAQ’s annual Spring Concert in April.

“Battle of the bands is kind of self-explanatory,” said Scott Wong, WQAQ’s co-music director. “It will be a good time. See your friends play, it’s always fun.”

All participating groups and bands are comprised of Quinnipiac students.

Last year’s Battle of the Band’s featured 16 performing acts and attracted more than 100 audience members. The rock/jazz band Great Caesar secured the first place title.

This year, Wong’s goal is to “make it big” by getting more students involved.

Ben Goodheart, WQAQ’s co-music manager, hopes this year’s event will match last year’s success.

“Last year’s battle of the bands was really solid — actually it was great,” Goodheart said. “I guess this year we’re hoping to meet the same level that the previous music director set the bar at. I think it will be a lot of fun though. It’s really cool to see Quinnipiac musicians getting to play.”

Five judges with musical experience, who will remain anonymous until the event, will choose the top three bands. Each act will be judged on the quality of its performance as well as crowd reaction.

According to Wong, free WQAQ “swag” in the form of sunglasses and stickers will be given to audience members during the concert.

Wednesday is the last day for musical acts to sign up for the event. Battle of the Bands admission is free and will begin at 7 p.m.