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Local musicians compete for concert spots in Herndon’s inaugural Battle of the Bands

A band plays at Ned Devine’s during the second round of Herndon’s inaugural Battle of the Bands (photo by Laura Poindexter)

(Updated on 9:05 a.m. on 2/28/2024) The first-ever Battle of the Bands by Friday Night Live! in Herndon is underway.

The last of three preliminary rounds is set for March 9. Winners from each preliminary round — including two others that took place on Feb. 10 and this past Saturday (Feb. 24) — will compete in a final round on April 20. A wild card will also be selected.

The battle is set to take place at Ned Devine’s Irish Gastro Pub and Restaurant, which is located at 2465 Centreville Road in Herndon.

A portion of the $5 entry fee will be donated to several community organizations: The Closet, Herndon Community Television, Friends of Frying Pan Farm Park, and Arts Herndon.

The winner will be crowned with an opening slot for one of this year’s Friday Night Live! concerts on the Town Green and a future gig at Ned Devine’s.

The contest was organized by Friday Night Live! in response to demand from bands that wished to take part in the town’s popular summer music series.

“Friday Night Live! has a strong lineup of returning acts and each season we add new discoveries that our scouts have found throughout the year,” Friday Night Live! Chair Laura Poindexter said. “But we are approached by approximately 100 other bands each year to play our event. That’s why we created the Battle of the Bands, a chance for some of these local bands to showcase their talent to our team and to spread the word about Friday Night Live!’s upcoming 30th season.”

This summer, Friday Night Live! is set to celebrate 30 years with a new, to-be-announced roster of local acts on the East Coast. The season  will include 17 free concerts from May through August and draw over 35,000 patrons, according to a recent update sent to the program’s email list.

The event is produced by the Dulles Chamber Regional Chamber of Commerce through the work of the Friday Night Live! organizing committee.

The final preliminary Battle of the Bands round features bands Berlin Calling, Decibel Therapy, Tell Me More!, The Randos, and Twisted Flags.

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