MAD Battle of the Bands

Feb.20/EL DORITO – Murphy Arts District (MAD) will host their second annual MAD Battle in the First Financial Music Hall starting at 6 p.m. The show features 7 regional bands in a battle of the bands competition hosted by Carter “the Power” Bryant. Each band will be given 15 minutes to show the judges their skills by performing original and cover songs. The winning band will take home the grand prize of $2,500. Awards will also be given out for “best showmanship,” “best vocals,” and “best instrumentalist.”

Returning to battle a second year are locally known bands Crutchfield (Christian/alt rock) and Jimmy Lewis & 8 Second Ride (country). Also, no stranger to El Dorado is rock n’ rollers deFrance who most recently opened for the likes of Foghat and Bon Jovi. Rounding out the new competitors are alt-rockers Jasper Wilderness from Tulsa, Oklahoma; classic country musicians Boots Bailey and the Boys from Beebe, Arkansas; rockers Fox Eating Foxes from Camden, Arkansas and Lead Pipe Conservatory Band from Northern Arkansas. Show tickets are $10….. Doors open at 5 p.m. >MORE