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Wednesday, 21 September 2011 14:40

Rocktoberfest another part of busy weekend

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By Jessi Gowan — This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Local bands have the opportunity to compete for a fully promoted gig at Swift Current’s Lyric Theatre at Rocktoberfest on Saturday, October 1st, as part of Culture Days.

“At this point, we have four bands registered, and they are all from the southwest,” explained Gwen Uher with the Lyric Theatre. “Each will play for 20 minutes, and a panel of judges will determine which band is best that evening.”

Bands can perform either cover songs or originals, but they must have a minimum of three band members. They will be evaluated based on a variety of criteria, and the winning band will receive a free rental of the venue, complete with hosting and promotional services.

“We were trying to think of something that would appeal to young people that would be a little bit different from the open stages that we already have,” Uher explained. “So many supporters are familiar with what we already offer, but we are hoping that by showcasing this new event, that we will draw a larger crowd.”

With some of the bands coming from outside of Swift Current, Uher is anticipating a good turnout for the event, with band members bringing out family members and friends for the show. Also, since Rocktoberfest is a free event as part of Culture Days, it has been very well advertised throughout the southwest.

“Rocktoberfest is such a fantastic idea, we wanted to connect it to another big event like Culture Days,” explained Rachel Wormsbecher with the Lyric Theatre. “It’s a great idea tied in with another great idea. The free rental and free promotion is something so huge for the bands involved, it’s great to give them a chance to compete for that.”

Uher added by providing local musicians with the opportunity to perform live, the theatre is offering them a valuable service.

“It encourages the local musicians so much — they have an audience,” she said. “They practice and practice and practice, and it means so much to them to have the opportunity to go on stage and play for someone. It really takes their skills to a different level.”

Rocktoberfest will take place at the Lyric Theatre on Saturday, Oct. 1, from 7:30 p.m. until 12 a.m.

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