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SIFE Battle of the Bands 2009 to Wrap up May 2 on Water Street

RELEASED: April 21, 2009

EAU CLAIRE — Students in Free Enterprise at the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire are ready to rock Water Street.

The final round of the SIFE Battle of the Bands 2009 will be held from noon to 8 p.m. May 2 in the parking lot of Water Street Commons, located at 301 Water St.

Local band Chester Bay will open the event, and Minneapolis-based rock band Catchpenny will headline. The winning band will open for Catchpenny as an encore.

Sixteen bands were chosen by an Internet vote to compete at one of two preliminary competitions held April 18 and 25 at Higher Ground on upper campus. Eight bands will perform in each preliminary, with the top two from each night advancing to the May 2 finals.

The winning band will receive stage time at Summerfest 2009 in Milwaukee, courtesy of Leinenkugel Brewing Company, and play at Summerfest 2009 in Eau Claire in August, courtesy of Downtown Eau Claire Inc.

The Battle of the Bands is SIFE's primary fundraiser to support its various community service projects. Additionally, 50 percent of the funds raised will be donated to DECI.

Event sponsors include Robert Todd Photography, Monster energy drinks, Topper's Pizza, Frito Lay, Mogie's Pub and Restaurant, Jackson CD Duplication, Leinenkugel Brewing Co., Advanced Audio Systems and Digicopy.

For more information, contact Caitlin Anderson at andercai@uwec.edu.

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