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Battle of the Bands 2019: Band Profiles

The Blue Valley Educational Foundation is thrilled to host the 8th annual Battle of the Bands benefitting district-wide music programs. On January 19th at Kanza Hall, four Blue Valley parents bands will be competing for the “Best of BV” title. Enjoy a great night out with live music, auction items, a chance to win a lease on a BMW, fantastic food, and an after-party. Get your reservation today for only $20 at https://one.bidpal.net/bvbob19/welcome  Enjoy learning about the bands below!

 
 
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The Cover Girls: Representing BVSW, BVW, OTMS and LMS

Member names: Lauren Beemer, Jennifer Berroth, Taryn Gervais, Ben Gervais, Andrew Book
How did you come up with your name? We are known for covering songs…hence the name!
How long have you been playing together? 6 years
What kinds of genres do you play most? All Genres from Folk to Mo-town!
Do you have a song that you always open or close with? Yes! We always open with ‘Black Horse and a Cherry Tree’
Where are some of the venues you’ve played? Llywelyn’s Pub, The Oread, The Celtic Fox, The Blue Moose, Private Parties
Best part of being in a band? Get to hang out with our best friends!
One of your best or most memorable gigs and why? The most memorable gigs are usually when something wild happens at the bar we’re playing. We get some odd song requests, so when we don’t know the song, we just make it up!

 

 
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Toxic Assets: Representing BVHS, PSMS and SPE

Member names: Brad Holdhusen, Jeff Lahr, Mike Stolberg, Matt Brown and Tony Woodard
How did you come up with your name? We are financial guys and all work at Prime Capital Investment Advisors. Our chief compliance officer and lead guitarist (Tony Woodard) thought it would be a great play on words.
How long have you been playing together?  Since winning the Kansas City Corporate Challenge Battle of the Bands back in 2012.
What kind of genres do you play most? Whatever the people wanna hear! 
Do you have a song that you always open or close with? Not really… typically change things up based on show/audience
Where are some of the venues you’ve played? The Blue Room, The Gem Theater, Plaza Arts Festival, RC’s Chicken in Martin City and of course… Kanza Hall
Best part of being in a band?  Great outlet from the every-day grind
One of your best or most memorable gigs and why?  Probably our first time playing for a live audience at the Blue Room on 18th and Vine back in 2012.  We played with lots of energy and ended up advancing to the next round of that competition and ultimately winning the whole thing.

 

 
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The Flannel Brothers: Representing BVNW

Member names:  Craig Odle, John Butcher, Jim Mitchell, Chris Hoy, Terry Moody
How did you come up with your name?  On a cold and wintery Leawood night, the band gathered to practice.  Everyone happened to be wearing flannel.  As this opportunity to battle at BVEF’s Battle of the Bands approached, and we were deciding on a band name, we looked inward.  What we saw was flannel.
How long have you been playing together?  We have all been involved in bands with others, but have played together in various forms for about 15 years.  This version of the band has been around for a couple years.
What kind of genre do you play most?  Original rock and roll
Where are some of the venues you’ve played?  This is the first time out for this version of the band, but members have played various bars around town, BBQ festivals, Fireworks shows, and many towns throughout Kansas.
Best part of being in a band?  Making music with a great group of friends
One of your best or most memorable gigs and why?  This is our first gig, so this will be our most memorable!

Cubical Squares: Representing HES

Member names: Steve, Jeff, Granger, and Tommy
How did you come up with your name? Our parents gave us these names.
How long have you been playing together? Some of us have been on-again/off-again collaborators for nearly 20 years.
What genres do you play most? We play both kinds of music: country AND western. That was supposed to be funny.
Do you have a song that you always open or close with? No. We know that it's important to carefully select music that jives with the specific audience and event that we are hired to play for.
Where are some of the venues you’ve played? We may have been the first band to play at Grinders in the Crossroads District (before they built the large outdoor stage).
Best part of being in a band? Probably the fortune. Fame is overrated.
One of your best or most memorable gigs and why? Elvis Presley's 1st cousin "Jerry Presley" was in the audience at one of our shows and joined us on stage for "Burnin' Love".