BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER)- Five local bands got a chance show off their talent today in hopes of winning the opportunity to perform live at the 2013 KahBang music festival.
The Second Annual Sound Off Competition, sponsored by Maine's Credit Unions and Young and Free Maine, was held at the Main Street Music studio in Bangor. About 40 online submissions from 18 to 25 year olds were received and voted on by the public. The field was narrowed to five bands that got the opportunity to audition live for a panel of judges.
The grand prize went to Skosh, a jam/rock/alternative country band from Buckfield. But this event wasn't all about competition. The musicians say it was also a great chance to network with local artists, and build up the Maine music scene.
"Maine, it's getting better all the time. It doesn't have a great music scene, but it is improving, and it's because of people doing things like this," said Justin Chamberlain, member of the band One Shot Nothing, a competition finalist. "People who have the ability to give bands a chance to perform and give them these opportunities. People doing that kind of thing is definitely improving the Maine music scene for sure."
The grand prize winners also received a full day recording session at Main Street Studio so they can put their music on an album.