Thursday 11th August, 2005

 

U2 tribute band to perform at Anchorage Pop finals

 
 
 
 
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Members of Skid Nevely

The 2005 Anchorage Pop music finals on Saturday promises to be an unforgettable experience.

Nine bands, including the foreign U2 tribute band Elevation, will perform on one stage at the Anchorage, Chaguaramas, starting from 5 pm.

The three grand finalists are Tripped and Falling, Burn, and Hilife.

Also making guest appearances are last year’s winners Skid Nevely, 2003 winners Bazodi, and Solomon, which has toured Europe and sold many CD’s.

Formed in January 2002, Elevation, which reigns from Toronto, Canada, is one of the most sought after tributes to U2. They have traveled throughout the world overwhelming U2 fans with their authenticity and energy.

The finalists will be judged in five different categories, including arrangement, musicianship/technical ability, vocals (harmonies, singing ability), stage performance/showmanship, and difficulty factor.

Each competing band is expected to perform seven songs for a duration of 35 minutes. At least four of the songs must be covers.

Now in it’s tenth year, the Anchorage Pop Music Awards was conceptualised by the Anchorage with a mission to create a forum for local musicians who play popular music to come together to learn from each other and entertain their fans in a spirit of healthy competition.

The winner of this year’s Anchorage Pop Music Awards will receive a trophy, $8,000 in cash, performance fees valued at $2,000, recording of ten songs valued at $7,000, and 300 CD’s duplicated and labeled with the band’s original music.

The total value of the first prize is $26,000. The runner-up will receive a trophy, cash and other prizes totalling $15,000 and the band which places third will receive a trophy, plus $3,000 in cash and prizes.

Cash prizes of $1,000 will also be distributed to the best female vocalist, the best male vocalist, the best guitarist, the best keyboardist, the best bassist, the best drummer, and the band which plays the best cover song.

23 bands took part in the auditions, which started on July 10 and seven bands were chosen to go to the semifinals, which took place on July 30.

The MC for the evening is proprietor Rory Gajadhar, former head of the Anchorage management team. And the official radio station is none other than 95.1 FM.

Gates open at 5 pm with the first guest band hitting the stage at 6 pm.

The line up of bands are as follows:-

1. Boomslang

2. Bazodi

3. Nash

4. Solomon

5. Skid Nevely

6. Hilife

7. Tripped and Falling

8. Burn

9. Elevation

 

 

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