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Musical battle shaping up

By On Deck Staff

Ocean City’s Battle of the Bands competition, sponsored by the Ocean City Fine Arts League in cooperation with the city, is set for Sat., Feb. 21 starting 6 p.m. at the Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace.
Among the bands competing are Milk, a Philadelphia based rock group that claims “to make every performance different,” The Pedestrians, a veteran South Jersey rock band formed in 2001 that plays original songs and cover numbers and Andrew Jude, a Philadelphia based rock group comprised of Sea Isle City natives.
Andrew Jude reports they have recently created their own blend of soulful melodies and feel good rhythms “creating a fresh look at the indie folk rock genre.”
Also performing is One-Two-Three Draw, a popular group of high school freshmen that specialize in classic rock.
The Secret Service, an exciting indie rock group from Ocean City High School and Sea Isle City, will also compete in the contest at the historic music hall over the sea.
The competition is directed for the League by Rob Swift whose band, Kickn’ Bear, will also play a set at the Music Pier but will not compete.
Kickin’ Bear booked 50 concerts last year and is noted for its mix of rock, universal music and Rhythm and Blues.
Tickets are $10 in advance at the Fine Arts League, 608 Asbury Ave., 609-814-0308; at Grass Roots Words and Music, 1059 Asbury Ave.; and for $15 at the door.
A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Ocean City Food Cupboard.
Assisting with the Battle of the Bands is musician Ed Shiffler who will be featured in a concert at the Music Pier the day before on Feb. 20 starting 6 p.m.
Shiffler will lead a reunion of Keyser Soze. His former band mates will re-join him for a special one time only show. Shiffler’s current band, The Dangerous Ones, will also perform during the evening as will the Kickn’ Bear.
Admission is $10 at the door.

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