Ridgefield Playhouse Announces BandJam 2014 Winners
The judges have spoken. In the April 27th musical competition where the best "Kids" bands in the land competed for the title of BandJam 2014 winner at The Ridgefield Playhouse, Juice won in the high school category, and Dysfunctional 4 earned top honors in the middle school category.
Eight finalist bands performed before a panel of celebrity judges in a near-sold-out house. This was the fifth year of the professional caliber contest, a Playhouse fundraiser that was the brainchild of kids who share a passion for music and for the not-for-profit performing arts center.
Celebrity judges were on hand to determine who would take home top honors. Pictured in Juice are (left to right) Cole Butchen of Ridgefield, Zack Morgan of Redding, Evan Bloch of Ridgefield, Nathan Sobel of Redding, Max Day of Ridgefield and Ali Sicinski of Ridgefield.
This year's BandJam raised approximately $15,000 to support the not-for-profit Playhouse. Each winning band received a Grand Prize of a $500 gift certificate and Rock Show Membership from The Guitar Center, two hours of studio time at Enchanted Garden and a $50 Ridgefield Music gift certificate. Grand Prize winning bands will also have their names inscribed on the Ridgefield BandJam plaque displayed in the lobby of the Playhouse. And, of course, there are bragging rights to the title of BandJam 2014 Winner!
This year's event was underwritten by The Guitar Center, Pepsico, Enchanted Gardens Studios, Pizza Via, Ridgefield Music Studios and The Music Shed, which also provided musical direction for the participating bands. For information on upcoming events, call the box office at 203-438-5795, or visit ridgefieldplayhouse.org.
Photo by Jeff Butchen