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Groups to rock Battle of the Bands at The Castle

From ska to prog rock and beyond, this Battle of The Bands lineup features an eclectic range of talented groups that will surely stoke concert-goers of just about every musical persuasion.

The Castle Theatre in Bloomington will host  Battle of The Bands Thursday.

Many of the bands competing for the top honor Thursday have deep roots in the ISU community, like Ska’s The Limit, a band composed of six ISU music majors.

Photo courtesy of Matthew Bactat Pat Kelly, Mike Bailey, Eli Denecke, Aaron Washington, Joe Perillo and Greg Clough make up the band Ska's The Limit. The group will be competing in the Battle of the Bands show at the Castle Theatre this Thursday.

Photo courtesy of Matthew Bactat
Pat Kelly, Mike Bailey, Eli Denecke, Aaron Washington, Joe Perillo and Greg Clough make up the band Ska’s The Limit. The group will be competing in the Battle of the Bands show at the Castle Theatre this Thursday.

“We all have very busy schedules. Five of the six members are in ISU’s top jazz ensemble – so sometimes it is hard to find time to play shows and practice, but we make it happen,” Mike Bailey, a senior music business major and Ska’s The Limit’s guitarist, vocalist and primary songwriter, said.

Ska’s The Limit promises to put on an energetic, exciting show that will surely delight fans of groups like Reel Big Fish and Five Iron Frenzy.

“All we want to do is have a good time and make people dance and smile,” Bailey said. “Our live show is all about energy and, of course, our horn section.”

Another one of the competing bands has similarly rich ties with the ISU music department — Peoria-based Dead_Language.

“We are all out of college, but all went to ISU strangely enough,” Brandon Mooberry, who plays keys and synth in Dead_Langauge, said. “Myself, Pup, the bassist and Doug, the drummer, were music majors and worked on projects together in school.”

Mooberry, who calls Dead_Language’s music “progressive rock mixed with live electronica touches,” recalls the lack of quality music during his years as a student at ISU.

“When I was at school about six years ago, there was almost no music scene to be heard of,” Mooberry said. “There were cover bands but there weren’t any bands making original music. Plus, venues were almost non-existent; I actually went to a metal show in someone’s kitchen.”

But recently, Mooberry feels the Bloomington-Normal music scene is evolving and growing.

“The scene seems to be thriving and that’s a great thing to see,” Mooberry said. “I just played a gig with another band of mine at Six Strings last month and the people really showed up in numbers.”

Mooberry sees performing at Bloomington’s Castle Theatre as a particularly exciting opportunity “because there’s nothing like it in Central Illinois.”

Other competing bands include Table For Two, The Jamokes, Meet Us Halfway, The Art of Cool, Take Us Srsly and The Visions.

Who will become Castle royalty and be crowned “the best band in all the land?”

With such fierce and varied competition, this battle will surely not be one to miss.

Doors open at 6 p.m. and the  show starts at 7 p.m. For tickets and more information visit thecastletheatre.com.

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