The first promo concert for Rockus Maximus takes place tonight, Feb. 23.
Battle Of The Bands
Saturday, February 23, 2013
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
The young members of MBL Trio, 2012's Rockus Maximus winners, continue to perform and record.
They’re young, “refreshing,” and, though separated by more than a thousand miles, still rockin’. The Lutz teens who make up MBL Trio, last year’s Rockus Maximus winners, are still at it, despite Michael Lindo’s move to Boston, where he now attends Berklee College of Music. “The band and I continue to perform together when I come down for breaks or if we have a really important gig,” Lindo wrote in an email. “We just finished playing a few shows one at the Market on 7th in Ybor, The State Theatre in St. Petersburg and we played the First Night in St. Pete New Years event.” The band, which includes Michael’s brother, Lorenzo Lindo, and Ben Kennett, both Steinbrenner High seniors, is also finishing up its new E.P. (extended play) That should …
Monday, January 7, 2013
The annual competition pulls in bands from all over the Tampa Bay area.
Pasco County is looking for a few goods bands that want to lay it all on the line for a chance to win cold, hard cash and professional recording time. The county’s library system plays host to the annual battle that pits bands from all over the Tampa Bay area in a competition to win $1,000 in cash and $1,200 worth of professional recording studio time. The field is open to bands from anywhere in the state of Florida with a few caveats: each band must have at least three members, the majority of members must be 21 or under and all bands must have at least two original songs. Dubbed Rockus Maximus, the annual competition is in its 16th year. Last year’s battle drew bands from Pasco, Pinellas, Hillsborough and other surrounding counties. The …
Friday, March 23, 2012
Meet the contestants in this year's Pasco County Battle of the Bands.
The clock is winding down as eight bands prepare to battle it out at Rockus Maximus XV. The Pasco County Library System's 15th annual battle of the bands, featuring young musicians from the Bay area and elsewhere, will be held Friday, March 23. Up for grabs: $1,000 cash and 10 hours of recording time at Morrisound Recording in Tampa. Patch caught up with Lights at Night, one of the bands hoping to take home the top prize, to find out what makes them rock. Patch: What are the names of your band members, what do they play, how old are they and where are they from? Lights at Night: Patch: What style of music do you play? Lights at Night: We play a form of progressive indie rock. Some have likened it to classic/indie rock. Either way it'…
Tuesday, March 13, 2012
Four of the bands competing in Rockus Maximus XV performed Friday night.
The bands were separated from the crowd by a row of tiny chairs; picture books filled the shelves behind them. The Land O' Lakes library turned up the volume in the the children's section as four of the Rockus Maximus XV competitors performed Friday night. Patrons walking into the library near show time were greeted—and warned. "Are you here for the concert? I'm just making sure all the adults coming in know it's about to get loud in there," I was told. (Confession: I was a little disappointed to be recognized as a grownup.) Open Box Policy opened the show, followed by Braille & Color, Hepburn & The Hooligan and Lights At Night. Lights at Night lead singer Marina Young had strep throat, so the band improvised with instrumental versions of …
Monday, December 19, 2011
The search for bands to compete in the 15th annual Rockus Maximus got under way at the kick off concert Saturday.
It was anything but quiet at the Land O’ Lakes Library Saturday night. About 90 people turned out for the Rockus Maximus Battle of the Bands kickoff event to enjoy the free concert. Though there wasn’t any battling going on, a handful of bands played their set list for the crowd. The show was a way to “draw awareness” to the upcoming 15th annual battle of the bands competition, said Paul Stonebridge, the teen services manager for Pasco County Libraries. The event kicks off the application period for bands that want to compete in the annual battle of the bands, which will be held March 23. "Any band with the majority of members aged 21 and under is eligible, so long as they play their own instruments and have at least two original songs," …
Saturday, December 17, 2011
The Rockus Maximus kickoff show tonight offers free live music and a chance for bands to enter the upcoming battle of the bands.
Whether you only sing in the shower or you jam for real, there's somewhere you should be tonight: the library. The Rockus Maximus kickoff show tonight, Dec. 17, at the Land O' Lakes library will feature three bands and two solo acts, said Paul Stonebridge, teen services manager for Pasco County Libraries. The event kicks off the application period for bands that want to compete in the annual battle of the bands, which will be held March 23. "Any band with the majority of members aged 21 and under is eligible, so long as they play their own instruments and have at least two original songs," Stonebridge said. "All music styles are welcome." Winners of this year’s battle will receive a 10-hour recording deal and a $1,000 cash prize, …
Monday, August 8, 2011
The first Teen Advisory Board meeting is set for Aug. 9.
Land O’ Lakes area teenagers who are looking for a way to get active in the community need only visit the library this Tuesday to get their chance. The Land O’ Lakes Library’s first Teen Advisory Board meeting of the new school year is set to start at 6 p.m. Youth ages 11 to 18 are invited to attend and get active in volunteering and planning events for the library. “It’s really the best chance for kids to get legitimate service hours for school,” said Paul Stonebridge, the Pasco County Library System’s teen services manager. TAB members have a big say in what happens at the library throughout the year, he added. “(Members) actually have a voice,” he said. “The TAB helps us plan all the events at the library.” The library has relied on its…
Friday, March 25, 2011
What do you need to know today, March 25?
It’s finally Friday, but that doesn’t mean the Land O’ Lakes area is slowing down. In fact, there are activities on tap throughout the day. So, what do you need to know today, March 25? Here are five things to consider as you make it through the last workday of the week:
Friday, February 11, 2011
Love Cars? Love Racing? Love Music?
Whether you're a kid or just a kid at heart, here are some neat events coming up in the Land O' Lakes area that may be of interest: