The battle of the bands competition rages on this month at Lakeside High School, and groups interested in battling their way to the top spot must sign up by Feb. 20.
The semi-annual competition will take place at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 25 inside the high school’s commons area.
Event organizer Amy Cooter said four bands have already registered to play at the concert.
To be eligible to battle, a member of the group must attend an area high school, Cooter said.
Lyrics cannot contain profanity or any sexual innuendos and are checked before the event, she added.
“I go through every single lyric,” Cooter said.
Bands must pay $25 to sign up. As a prize, they can either choose to pocket the money collected from the sign-up fees or perform at Sector 7G, an all-ages club in Augusta.
Each band will play a 20- to 25-minute set on stage. Musicians will need to bring their own equipment.
In the past, bands have played metal, 1980s cover songs, bluegrass, Christian rock and electric music.
Admission is $5 and additional tickets, which are used to vote for audience members’ favorite band, can also be bought for $5.
“They can vote as many times as they want, but they have to buy a ticket to do so,” Cooter said.
The event serves as a fundraiser for Lakeside’s Parent-Teacher-Student Organization.
Last year, about $570 was raised.
If children ages 12 and younger attend, they need to be supervised by someone 18 or older, Cooter said.
Concessions also will be available for purchase.
The February battle tends to be larger than the one held in the fall, Cooter said, because fewer students have obligations to marching band this time of year.
To sign up to battle, or for information about the concert, email Cooter at firstname.lastname@example.org.