Rock ‘n’ Roll Rumble rolls to semifinals

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After a thrilling first round featuring 24 of the finest local bands over 6 nights, the Rock ‘n’ Roll Rumble will move on to it semifinal round this week.

On Thursday, White Dynomite (winners of night 5) The Daily Pravda (winners of night 6), Lifestyle (winners of night 4) and Glenn Yoder and the Western States (wildcard selection) will square off at TT the Bear’s Place. The second semifinal will take place on Friday with The New Highway Hymnal (winners of night 1), Camden (winners of night 2), Eddie Japan (winners of night 3) and Twin Berlin (wildcard selection) performing. The schedule with estimated set times is available below.

The winner of each night, along with one wildcard from the remaining six bands, will move on to the finals on Friday, April 26.

Tickets for the semifinals are available through TicketWeb for $10, while tickets for the finals are available for $12. A 3-night pass for each of the semifinal shows and the finals can be purchased for $27.

Now in its 34th 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. With no application process, bands are invited to perform at the Rumble and may only appear once. All bands are paid for their appearance with additional prizes and payment if they go on to the semifinals and finals rounds.

Bow Thayer and Perfect Trainwreck took home the crown at the last year’s Rumble over Garvey J. and Motherboar. Previous champions include: John Powhida International Airport (2011), 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.

2013 Rock ‘n’ Roll Rumble Schedule

Semifinal #1 – Thursday, April 8
9:30  – Glenn Yoder and the Western States
10:15 – White Dynomite
11:00 – The Daily Pravda
11:45 – Lifestyle

Semifinal #2 – Friday, April 9
9:30  – Twin Berlin
10:15 – The New Highway Hymnal
11:00 – Camden
11:45 – Eddie Japan

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