Bands ready to battle in Penticton for Rock The Peach

The Rock The Peach battle of the bands competition heats up Thursday night at the Barking Parrot in Penticton.

Rock trio Malibu Knights will be battling at the Barking Parrot against three other bands to try and earn their spot in the Rock the Peach lineup — a three-day festival held this summer in Penticton.

Rock trio Malibu Knights will be battling at the Barking Parrot against three other bands to try and earn their spot in the Rock the Peach lineup — a three-day festival held this summer in Penticton.

The Rock The Peach battle of the bands competition heats up Thursday night at the Barking Parrot.

Organizers from the festival have hand selected 12 bands that will duel for a spot on stage to kick off the Rock The Peach festival this July 27.

The first round of the competition starts at 8 p.m. this Thursday as three bands vie for the judges attention and try to swing the crowd in their favour. Bands each get 20 minutes of stage time and at least two of the three songs they perform must be originals.

those wanting to come and listen are being charged $5 at the door, with 100 per cent of the proceeds going to Giving Others a Boost. The non-profit group showcases entrepreneurs or small businesses, wineries, musicians and artists at events held every two months. The proceeds of those functions go directly to charities in the South Okanagan, which are also featured at the events.

The Cut Losses 8 to 8:20 p.m.

This is a two-piece band (guitar and drums) from Surrey/Langley that is heavily influenced by alternative/blues groups such as White Lies, Angels & Airwaves, The Black Keys, We Are the City, The White Stripes, Beck, Band of Skulls. They also are influenced by the heavier side of alternative punk rock/grunge like Pearl Jam, Nirvana, Sublime and bands such as the Cars and Led Zeppelin.

Fluxx 8:35 to 8:55 p.m.

With several original songs in their arsenal, this three-piece band is not new to the Penticton music scene.

Amongst their list of venues played includes, Barking Parrot, Ottos, Fest-of-Ale, Bar One, Martinis, Gunbarrel at Apex, the Mule and more.

Fluxx describes themselves as a “dirty little rock band.” In the same set, you could hear Alice in Chains, Johnny Cash, John Cougar, Bob Marley and The Stones. Will Schlackl is the bands singer, songwriter and guitarist and Aka Pita is on the drums.

Malibu Knights 9:10 to 9:30 p.m.

Last year the Malibu Knights performed on over 180 stages all across Canada, opening for acts like Bon Jovi, Kid Rock, Bif Naked, Marianas Trench and others.

This rock trio plays everything from stadiums filled with 40,000-plus people to small intimate venues. The Malibu Knights said they love life on the road and practically live in the studio when they aren’t touring.

They plan on releasing their third full length album this year. The band consists of Dean Irving (bass and vocals), Dan Harden (lead vocals and guitar) and Rod Anderson (drums and percussion).

Last summer the band headed to Peace River, Alta for Peacefest and shared the stage with Blue Rodeo, Kenny Shields and Doc Walker.

Sonicbids 9:45 to 10:05 p.m.

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