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Local bands battle for top prize Saturday at Lanier Islands
Local Honey

Battle of the Bands
When: 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. June 11
Where: Sunset Cove at Lanier Islands, 7000 Lanier Islands Parkway, Buford
Cost: $20 per person; plus $15 parking.
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Battle of the bands schedule
11 a.m.: Welcome by The Times Publisher Charlotte Atkins and Emcee Doug Harkrider
11:15 a.m.: South of Heaven
Noon: Daddy Issues!
12:45 p.m.: Five Speed
1:30 p.m.: Local Honey
2:15 p.m.: Battle of the Bands Champion and People’s Choice winners declared

The competition for North Georgia’s best band on the lake is heating up June 11.

The North Georgia Battle of the Bands is set to rock Sunset Cove at Lanier Islands from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, at 7000 Lanier Islands Parkway in Buford. Tickets are $20 per person; plus Lanier Islands regular parking fee of $15 per car.

“We are so excited about our inaugural North Georgia Battle of the Bands in partnership with Lanier Islands. This is a chance to showcase emerging musical talent from our region,” The Times publisher Charlotte Atkins said.

The show is presented by The Times and Lanier Islands.

“This first year will be a cool boutique event at Sunset Cove at Lanier Islands while the park is packed with folks out for a fun day on the waterfront and great day of music,” she said. “Our hope is that this will be the seed for a musical event that will grow year after year.”

Four finalists were named June 1 after an online vote in May. Each band will be given the chance to perform before a winner is decided. Finalists are South of Heaven, Daddy Issues!, Five Speed and Local Honey.

“I’m very excited, that’s awesome,” said Sean Taylor of Daddy Issues! upon learning his band had advanced to the finals. “We weren’t really sure. We just got together about a year ago this time. It’s nice to see the hard work pay off this quickly.”

Buford-based Daddy Issues! band members are Somerset Kenny, Screamin’ John Brown, Sean “Wee Bear” Taylor and Hannah Day. They play 1960s and ’70s-influenced rock with a modern twist, Taylor said.

Gainesville-based Local Honey is also one of the final four bands. It consists of Ken Hale and Rhonda Renner.

Hale describes their music as “edgy acoustic rock.”

Five Speed is from Athens and is made up by Chris Chapman, Joe Snyder, Travis Vanderhorst, Joey McLane, Christian Dowell and Josh Moore. Their music is a combination of modern country and Southern rock, Chapman said.

South of Heaven is Gavin Powell, Bristol Perry, Riley Couzzourt and Zack Everett. The Armuchee-based band plays Southern rock.

South of Heaven’s manager Kathie Perrie said the guys are excited about getting selected for the finals and are very appreciative of the fans who voted for them.

Professional judges from the music industry will choose the winner of the battle June 11. Emcee for the event is Doug Harkrider, original and current member of Fly Betty Band.

The winning band will receive $1,000 in cash, a paying gig at Lanier Islands Sunset Cove for the 2017 season (worth $1,500), season passes to Lanier Islands, a video feature of the band from The Times, a photo shoot, full follow-up media promotion and a signature photo by professional photographer. The winning band also will be featured in a future edition of Get Out.

The competition is a chance to give back to community. The People’s Choice Award winner will be determined by donations to Habitat for Humanity of Hall County. Each dollar of donation in the name of a band equals one vote.

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