On Friday, March 23, eight bands of young musicians will compete in Pasco to rock audience members' socks off.
One band will leave Rockus Maximus XV with the grand prize of 10 free hours of recording time at Morrisound Studio in Tampa and $1,000.
Rockus Maximus XV is the Pasco County Library System's Battle of the Bands, and it features young musicians from the Tampa Bay area and elsewhere.
There is also an online voting competition going on right now. The band that receives the most votes in the online competition will bring home a $500 gift card from Encore Music. A $250 card goes to the band with the second highest number of online votes.
Now, put your hands together for South of Holly, one of the eight bands competing in the rock-off.
Patch: What are the names of your band members, what do they play, how old are they and where are they from?
Bobby Creighton, South of Holly:
Bobby Creighton - 21, from Tampa, and plays bass guitar and lead vocals.
Kyle Goodrich - 21, from Melbourne, plays guitar and backing vocals.
Will Crowley - 21, from Lakeland, plays guitar and harmonica.
Isaac Evans - 21, from Bradenton, plays dercussion/drums.
Patch: What style of music do you play?
Bobby Creighton: I would say our style of music is classic Rock 'n' Roll. We put our own spin on it and definitely have a unique sound.
Patch: Why did you enter Rockus Maximus?
Bobby Creighton: We entered Rockus Maximus because we thought it was a great opportunity for us as a band and to help support the public library system.
Patch: How long have you been together?
Bobby Creighton: South of Holly as it is officially known today, was formed in September 2011.
Patch: What will you do if you win?
Bobby Creighton: If we win the battle of the bands we will invest the money in the post-production phase of our EP and put the money towards getting some merchandise. We will also save a good portion of the money for future expenses, possibly for going on tour.
Patch: What makes you the best?
Bobby Creighton: What really makes us unique is that each band member has a different personal musical taste. We all listen to different bands and genres. Our tastes vary all the way from Classical/Flamenco, to Latin, to Old folk, and even to Hardcore music. Essentially, we are trying to blend all of our personal tastes into one sound. In almost every one of our songs you can hear small tastes of multiple genres.
To find out more about Rockus Maximus or to vote in the online competition, visit the battle’s homepage online.
Join the audience and support your favorite band at the Rotary Pavilion at The Concourse, 15325 Alric Pottberg Rd (1/4 mile west of the Suncoast Parkway on SR-52), in Shady Hills. The concert event runs from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Land O' Lakes and New Port Richey Patch editors will be among the judges.