Fans of Bluewreck, Broad Run Mutiny, StoneCold and Unsullied will get a chance to vote for their favorite act Friday Nov. 22 as the bands compete in Crooked Run Brewing’s Battle of the Bands, culminating in the crowning of a winner on Nov. 29 at the brewery’s Sterling food hall.

“The audience vote will send one band through to the next round and a judges vote will send one band through,” said Zak Cannon, general manager at Crooked Run. The judges comprise music industry professional, local VIPs, and friends and employees of the brewery, he said. The winner of the final round on Nov. 29 will be based strictly on audience vote, taking home a cash prize of $1,500.

Cannon said the contest will be an annual one, as part of the brewery’s commitment to featuring live music since its original location in Leesburg. When they expanded to Sterling in 2017, “we made sure to include a stage, lights, and a great house sound system in addition to great cocktails and biscuits. There is a lot to be said about artists and the energy they can bring to an establishment, and we provide a platform for people to share their creativity and that energy can transform a place when the performance is just right.”

The four remaining contenders are the winners from the eight bands selected to compete out of a pool of 20 applicants. “It was definitely difficult but the bands that were chosen have really original sounds and while there is no specific genre featured, the roster of bands competing could appeal to a really wide audience. The bands range in sound from Americana to hard rock to funk and indie and are all extremely talented,” Cannon said.

“The main requirement for the Battle of Bands entrants was that they had to perform original music,” he added. “Most places tend to book cover bands and, while those bands can be phenomenal too, it tends to limit the opportunities locally for original musicians to get on the stage. The Battle of the Bands can give them that opportunity.” 

For more information about the Battle of the Bands, go to facebook.com/events/364650621097864/

To learn more about the bands, go to their Facebook pages at:

Bluewreck: facebook.com/bluewreck/

Broad Run Mutiny: facebook.com/BroadRunMutiny/

StoneCold: facebook.com/officialstonecoldband/

Unsullied: facebook.com/UnsulliedBand/