Field set for 33rd Annual Rock ‘n’ Roll Rumble

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Returning for its 33rd edition, Boston’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Rumble will kick off next month with 24 bands participating. Organized by Anngelle Wood of WZLX’s Boston Emissions, the legendary battle of the bands will kick off on Sunday, April 1 and continue over the course of three weeks at TT the Bear’s Place in Cambridge.

Night #1 will include performances from The Grownup Noise, Endless Wave, The Rationales and Cooling Towers. Thick Shakes, Animal Talk, Garvy J and Grey Valley Ghost will perform the following night, while The Susan Constant, The Tin Thistles, Ghosts of Jupiter and Letterday will perform on Night #3. After a break on Wednesday, the Rumble will continue on Thursday for Night #4 featuring Cask Mouse, Never Got Caught, Parlour Bells and The Fagettes. Pray For Polanski, BrownBoot, Bow Thayer & Perfect Trainwreck and The Bynars will perform on Friday before The Grinds, Sherman Burns, Motherboar and Streight Angular close out the preliminary rounds on Saturday, April 7. The full lineup with estimated set times is available below.

The winners from each night, along with a pair of Wild Card selections, will move on to the semi-final round on Thursday, April 12 and Friday, April 13. The finals will take place on Friday, April 20.

Tickets for each of the shows are now on sale through TicketWeb with a variety of packages available. Single-night tickets are priced at $8 for the preliminary rounds, $10 for the semi-finals and $12 for the finals. A 6-night pass for each of the preliminary rounds is available for $43 and a pass for the semi-finals and final can be purchased for $27. Local music fans who plan on attending every night will want to buy the all-inclusive pass for $70.

Now in its 33rd year, the competition is the longest running battle of the bands in the country. Beyond serving as the city’s premier battle of the bands, the Rumble has been considered by many as a springtime music festival celebrating the local music scene. All bands are paid for their appearance with additional prizes and payment if they go on to the semifinals and finals rounds.

John Powhida International Airport took home the crown at the last year’s Rumble. Previous champions include: The Luxury (2009), Girls, Guns & Glory (2008), Township (2007), The Campaign For Real Time (2006), Reverend Glasseye (2005), Jake Brennan & the Confidence Men (2004), The Dresden Dolls (2003), The Gentlemen (2002), Bleu (2001), Darkbuster (2000) and The Sheila Divine (1999).

Notable Rumble participants include ‘Til Tuesday, Morphine, Face to Face, The Del Fuegos, Powerman 5000, Letters To Cleo, Dresden Dolls, Amazing Royal Crowns, Mission of Burma, Piebald, O Positive and The Lemonheads.

2012 Rock ‘n’ Roll Rumble – Preliminary Schedule

Sunday, April 1
9:00  – The Grownup Noise
9:45  – Endless Wave
10:30 – The Rationales
11:15 – Cooling Towers

Monday, April 2
9:00  – Thick Shakes
9:45  – Animal Talk
10:30 – Garvy J
11:15 – Grey Valley Ghost

Tuesday, April 3
9:00  – The Susan Constant
9:45  – The Tin Thistles
10:30 – Ghosts of Jupiter
11:15 – Letterday

Thursday, April 5
9:30  – Cask Mouse
10:15 – Never Got Caught
11:00 – Parlour Bells
11:45 – The Fagettes

Friday, April 6
9:30  – Pray For Polanski
10:15 – BrownBoot
11:00 – Bow Thayer and Perfect Trainwreck
11:45 – The Bynars

Saturday, April 7
9:30  – The Grinds
10:15 – Sherman Burns
11:00 – Motherboar
11:45 – Streight Angular

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