Kimberly Berg, a SUNY Oneonta senior and lead singer of Hello, Seattle, said a competition at Turning Stone Resort Casino on Thursday is the biggest event the alternative pop rock band has ever played at.
Berg and the other four members of the band are preparing for Turning Stone’s first College Battle of the Bands competition at 8 p.m. in the resort’s vintage rock & roll club, The Gig, inside the resort’s Exit 33 entertainment complex. Hello, Seattle is one of eight bands that will come together to compete on Thursday from colleges across the state.
According to a Tuesday media release from Turning Stone, the eight bands were chosen as the “best of the best” of New York’s college music scene after they submitted audition tapes. The bands will be competing for cash prizes, the release said, with $1,000 going to the first-place winner, $500 for second place and $250 for third place. Bands are encouraged to bring along fans and fellow students, who will vote on a “Fan Favorite” band, which will receive an additional $250 prize.
Each band will have approximately 30 minutes to perform, the release said, and will play in front of a panel of three judges from the local music scene. The other competing bands are: “The Overnighters” from Le Moyne College, “The Rumble Scene” from Ithaca College, “Call Security” from Hobart and William Smith Colleges, “Strange Appeal” from Binghamton University, “Upstate Rubdown” from SUNY New Paltz, “Wilxy & Crump” from Nazareth College and “Dust and Ashes” from Fulton-Montgomery Community College.
Berg said she has not yet listened to any of the other bands’ music, but hopes to do so before the competition which, she said, she is very excited for, but also “really nervous” about.
“But we’re gonna stay positive and have fun,” Berg said. “We can put on a good show.”