High School Battle of the Bands


Deadline to Enter March 22, 2017

Nine bands will compete at the 2017 High School Battle of the Bands 
Sunday, April 9, from 2-6 p.m.
On the patio at Californos 
$5 cover at the door

Here's the lineup: 
  • 2:05 - Minor Issues
  • 2:30 - Half Passed Freckles from Kansas City Young Audiences Garage Band
  • 2:55 - Stranger Tide from KC Rock Band & Guitar - School of Music
  • 3:20 - Eyes in the Dark 
  • 3:45 - Thursday Night Band from KC Rock Band & Guitar - School of Music
  • 4:10 - Porch Light Prophecy
  • 4:35 - Hammerhedd
  • 5:00 - American Slim
  • 5:25 - Shades of Blue - Band
  • 5:50 - Woopwop, Kansas City Academy's Advanced Band

Thanks to Californos for donating the patio, EIGHT ONE SIXTY at 90.9 The Bridge for airplay, Big Dudes Music City for the gift certificate, and Brandon Draper, educator, producer, drummer, percussionist, and multi-instrumentalist, and Ben Hutchinson, educator, producer, musician, pianist, and vocalist, for recording a single for the winning band!

This event is presented by Kansas City Academy.

"Like" High School Battle of the Bands on Facebook to get a sneak peek at the bands. 


Rain or shine, the 2017 Battle of the Bands will be on the patio at Californos in Westport.
Of course, if it rains, we will go indoors. We don't want anyone to get shocked! 


Judging will be done using a 100 point system. All scores will be added up. The sum will be the band’s final score, which will determine who is in 1st place. Judges have the final decision in selecting the winner.

The three criteria on which the bands will be judged are:  

Music, 0-80 points 
This is based on clarity, intonation, vocal delivery, cohesiveness in lyrics and instrumentation, and original material (songs and production).

Professionalism / Stage Presence / Crowd Interaction, 0-10 points
This is based on setup and teardown time, introductions, acknowledgments, how well the band  "rocks out", and how well the band connects with the crowd.

Appearance and Personality, 0-10 points
This is based on the overall look and personality. If you want to be a rock star, you need to look the part! 


Any distasteful behavior, and or damage to the venue will result in automatic disqualification at the hands of management and judges. Californos and Kansas City Academy will not be held accountable for any broken equipment, injuries, or any other negative occurrences outside of our staff’s control.


Ben Hutchinson
3 Son Green

Brandon Phillips
The Architects

Gregg Todt​
Federation of Horsepower


Anthony Ladesich​
The Hardship Letters​