Congratulations to this year's Battle of the Bands winners!
Odd Army formed in early 2011 as its members were entering high school. They have performed at venues such as school festivals, Santana Row, and Stanford Radio Station. Odd Army was initially a cover band, but as they matured, they began writing their own music.
A Guy with a Guitar has been studying the guitar since 2011. He's currently in two other bands in the lead guitar position, playing instrumental surf rock and traditional rockabilly. He also enjoys playing classic jazz and blues material.
Cindy B.’s music taste is eclectic because she's a strong independent woman who doesn’t need to limit her music tastes to a genre.
“Allegro" is a term commonly used in music, meaning that the piece should be played at a quick, brisk tempo. Comprised of percussion, guitar, ukulele, violin, viola, piano, and various vocals, Allegro is dedicated to bringing this cheerful and upbeat attitude to all in the audience. We were brought together through a developing club at Leland High School, and we can only hope that this is the start of something great.
Quantum is a combo made up of young high school students. They play a wide variety of styles, ranging from jazz to funk to latin, and love incorporating the different genres in their performances.
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America has been mourning the passing of our great folk singer Pete Seeger this past week. He was giving and helpful to so many communities, and the library world is no exception. The American Folklife Center of the Library of Congress posted about him on its blog:
"In the 1930s, Pete was invited by his friend Alan Lomax to work at the Library of Congress Archive of American Folk Song, which is now the AFC Archive. There’s no record of his being paid, so we consider him the Archive’s first intern! Several AFC collections from the 1930s and 1940s contain materials collected by Lomax and Seeger, as well as music and square-dance calls performed by Seeger alone and with groups."
The AFC's blog post has a link to an archived recording of Pete Seeger performing a song called "Dear Mr. President" at the Library of Congress in 1942 - go read the entire blog post and give the song a listen!
The San Jose Public Library catalog is also full of treasures Pete Seeger left us, in print, electronic, audio and video format. We've also got his children's books based on a South African lullaby and folk story, Abiyoyo and Abiyoyo Returns.
Some of us thought Pete might live forever. We were right. He is always in the library.
Congratulations BOTB 2013 Winners!
Lizard Kingdom Progressive Rock
“Lizard Kingdom is heavily influenced by bands such as the Fall of Troy, Ricky Martin, Sha Na Na, Nickelback, Milli Vanilli, and Brian Wilson. In our spare time, we enjoy making balloon animals. Collectively our favorite food is pickles. Our pre-show ritual is we gather around, and run with scissors to display bravery.”
"Cactus is a group that plays for the sheer love of all different kinds of music, whether it be jazz, blues, alternative, classic rock, or Motown. Each practice is always different consisting of spontaneous new ideas every time. We enjoy the simple things in life, humor, and acting weird and crazy!"
Half N Half Indie Rock
“We have been together since Fall 2011, and started out playing covers. But with HALF of us wanting to play this, n Half of us wanting to play that, we finally decided to collaborate to write our own music! “
The library gratefully acknowledges the generous contributions of its community sponsors:
Indian sitarist and composer Ravi Shankar passed away on December 11 at the age of 92. Known as the "Godfather of World Music," he is widely credited with popularlizing Indian music in the Western world. He was a mentor to British Beatle George Harrison, American contemporary classical composer Philip Glass and jazz artist Johnny Coltrane, who named his son Ravi in Shankar's honor.
The San Jose Public Library has a number of Ravi Shankar's musical recordings available on CD. You can browse the catalog for them.
Teens ages 12-18 can join in on all the fun and participate in the competition for a chance to perform at a live concert in March and WIN awesome prizes!
The top FIVE finalists will compete for prizes at a live publicized concert on Saturday, March 24, at 3 p.m. at Almaden Branch Library and Community Center. The finalists will have up to 20 minutes to perform their set in front of an audience and a judging panel of local music experts. All are invited to attend this exciting concert event, which will showcase local talented youth. The judges will determine the grand prize winner of San Jose Public Library's Battle of the Bands!
We are Asyla, and we enjoy writing and composing hard rock and indie music. We enjoy long walks
on the beach, and candle lit dinners under the sunset. We are inspired by 80's aerobic workout videos. As a group we strive to play music that people will love. And we enjoy Karate.
The Gist is an eclectic (but not necessarily experimental) music group playing various styles of rock (alternative, classic, blues-rock) and some quieter, jazzy arrangements. The Gist enjoys writing original material as well as covering and interpreting some of their favorite artists' songs.
We are an experimental metal band named Kagemusha that formed in 2007. Previously known as Shackled Gunmen/Chorus of the Dead. The demo album record on purevolume is about a year old. The Music there are only our instrumentals. Live performances include singing.
Some Random People (SRP) was formed in the summer of 2010, born out of a common musical interest and love for classic rock. This year brings them into a new phase. They have started working on original music and have never been more excited about their future.
Theseus is a progressive rock band who writes songs featuring many metre changes as well as extended instrumental sections. Their influences include Pink Floyd, Dream Theater, King Crimson, Muse, and Radiohead.
For more information contact (408) 808-2175.
5) You have the chance to win $250! What can you buy with $250?? Tons of things like: 500 Jack-in-the-Box tacos, 41 movies at Camera Cinemas, 50 Starbucks’ Tall Mocha Frappuccino…. or more important things like new guitar strings, sound equipment, or awesome matching fedoras.
4) Increase your fanbase! Did you know that over 7 million bodies come through our doors every year? That’s a lot of Facebook friends.
3) Get a jump start on your rockstar career early! The average age of the members of The Rolling Stones is about 66; that means at least 50 years of rock for your band!
2) Make rock concerts in libraries a good thing! San José Public Libraries are not places where you can only wear rubber soled shoes and have the potential of being shushed. They are thriving, active, and fun community hotspots. Do your part to keep the library that way!
1) Make your parents/family/friends proud. Yeah, I know; that sounds kind of lame, but it’s true. Performing in front of live audiences is really nerve wrecking, but the end result is the pride you and your loved ones will feel when they see you on stage.
So sign up NOW for our annual Battle of the Bands competition!