Eight top alternative bands still standing for EDGEdOUT blast
KBVU, Buena Vista University's radio station 97.5, will host a battle of the bands, EDGEdOUT 2. But to determine who will make the contest, the station turned to its area listeners with an online voting contest that registered 1,965 votes.
The winner of EDGEdOUT gets an automtic bid to the big EDGEfest concert event in the park next spring.
"The response has been great so far," said Rob Lembke, BVU senior and radio station general manager. "The bands seem really excited to play the show. I know that some of them know the buzz about EDGEfest and they are all about wanting to get into this battle so they stand a chance to get into KBVU prestigious event in May. I have a feeling that all of the bands are going to bring their A game to EDGEdOUT, especially the ones who are traveling four or more hours to get to the show."
Stuck with Arthur, a rising young power pop foursome with a punk edge, based in Des Moines, was a crowd favorite and secured 338 votes for the top spot. 360 Smile, In Letters, Hold for Swank (a band with BVU roots), Goodbye Vienna, Fury Never Fades, Inside Down and Unholy Congregation seal the top spots.
These eight were selected from 16 bands from across the Midwest. The bands were requested to send in a music selection to allow a committee to pare the field down into the final 16 for online voting.
EDGEdOUT 2 will be on November 18 in the Elks Lodge with doors opening at 6 p.m. and music starting 7 p.m. Each of the eight bands will perform a 20-25 minute set of their songs vying for the grand prize of $300 and a spot for the spring concert, EDGEfest. The winner will be selected by a panel KBVU appointed judges.
Counting down the days to the concert, KBVU will have its Sunday Indie show, play interviews with the winning bands and listeners are encourage to call and request songs from the showcased bands.
"I know the buzz around the community is coming along as well," Lembke explained. "I've been walking around Storm Lake a few times and people have approached me to ask about the bands in the battle and other little things about the show, now all we need to do is get them to come to this year's show."
Also, sponsors have donated gifts that the radio station will be giving out during contests for the few weeks leading up to the show.
The show is for those 18 years and older with tickets $5 at the door.
"I know that most people seem receptive to this year's lineup and I'm hoping that at least half of the almost 2,000 people who logged on to vote come to the show," Lembke said. "This year won't be disappointing because we've got an action-packed lineup of bands plus some great sponsorship deals as well. Puffs will host the official After Party of EDGEdOUT and Al's Liquor is giving out a free bag of ice if you wear your EDGEdOUT wrist band to the store."
KBVU staff is thrilled with the buildup to the battle that has resulted from months of work, and excited to have the opportunity to promote live, cutting-edge music to the community.
"Its less than a month out and all I can say is I'm already excited for this years show as if its the day of," Lembke said.