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Winter Park / Live Music: Talent search on for teen battle of the bands

by Cyndi PalmerSky-Hi Daily News

The Sky-Hi Daily News, Grand County Blues Society, town of Winter Park and the Winter Park/Fraser Valley Chamber of Commerce are pleased to present the first-ever High Altitude Battle of the Bands and Boards event Aug. 30. Bands are encouraged to apply by Aug. 1.The battle of the bands and free skate festival take place at Hideaway Park Skatepark in Winter Park from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 30. All festivities are free and the event will also have food, giveaways and skateboarding.Six bands will compete for the title of Best Band Above 7,000 Feet. All band members must be 18 or under to compete. The event ends with a headlining band (yet to be announced) to perform at 3:45 p.m.Hosting this event is just part of this newspaper and GCBSs goal to reach out to local teens and get them involved in the community, said Sky-Hi Daily News editor Autumn Phillips. Phillips is helping organize the musical festival along with writers from the newspapers teen section, Our Views, which runs the last Friday of each month. Music is a great way to bring people together across generational lines, Phillips said.Interested bands should be ready to play 20 to 30-minute sets and must submit a three-song demo by the Aug. 1 deadline. To get a registration form, contact Autumn Phillips at (970) 887-3334, ext. 19600 or e-mail Also being sought for the event are volunteer judges.The Winter Park/Fraser Valley Chamber of Commerce is pleased to present two other skatepark events leading up to the High Altitude Battle of the Bands and Boards.The first event is a Clinic and Demo 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, June 21; when participants can learn from the experts and get tips on new tricks. The free event features the Jacks Board House Team of Steven Reeves, Ryan Lewis, Justin Shirley, Jason Garza, Ryan Vollmer (a.k.a. Goon) and Frank Shaw; ollies, kickflips, tail taps, 50/50s, rock n roll and tons of giveaways. Those interested may find out more by visiting on Aug. 7 (11 a.m. to 3 p.m.) skateboarders are encouraged to enter the Concrete Rodeo and competition to see how they stack up and to try out those cool tricks they learned from the clinic and demo day. Registration begins at 8 a.m. and is $25 (participants watch for free). The event will feature eight age groups, all abilities, men and women categories, and a variety of prizes. For registration information call (800) 500-9875 or visit sponsors of the clinic, demo and rodeo events include Jacks Board House, Concrete Rodeo Tour 2008, Globe, PowderTools, Bacon, the Grand County Blues Society, the town of Winter Park, and the Fraser Valley Metro. Recreation District. To help sponsor one or more of the festivities or to donate food, beverage or prize items call the chamber of commerce.

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