It's the 200th anniversay of the Battle of the Basement Bands this Saturday, Jan. 21 in the gymnasium at Our Lady of Sorrows School.
Well, actually, not 200 years (really 11), but this event has all the earmarks of a classic, long-standing annual tradition that just might be around that long, presenting locals with an opportunity to have fun while doing good.
Its main organizer and booster Chris Dickson calls the B o' the BB "part block party, part rock ‘n’ roll show." Four bands vie for the title of best band and proceeds benefit the Community FoodBank of NJ. Attendees are encouraged to bring their cans (the tin type!) and donate them at the door for the OLS Food Pantry.
Price of entry is $30, which gets you good eats and drinks, good music and dancing.
Bands battling for best this year are:
-Five Cent Philosophers
Volunteers are still welcome and needed. If you want to help set up, clean up, sell tickets and/or collect food at the door, contact Amy Jo Curran of the HK Community Fund at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 973-762-4062.
Whether you want to help out or just have fun, head on down to OLS this Saturday night from 7 p.m. to midnight. If you're not yet convinced, just listen to Chris Dickson's Battle of the Basement Bands theme song, penned last year and caught on video by Lauren Bright Pacheco (note that the swag this year will be different than that mentioned in the video, but just as kick-butt). C'mon! How can you resist?
Tickets available for purchase at Maplewood Wine & Liquor, 3 Highland Place in Maplewood Village.