Battle of the Bands Rocks the Bay Area

San Jose's April Chase wins a gig at the Shoreline.

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Colleges from around the Bay Area competed in the first annual Battle of the Bands at the Event Center in San Jose, Calif., on April 30, 2010.
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There were battles throughout April at USF, SFSU, Cal, Stanford, SJSU, Santa Clara, CSU East Bay and UC Santa Cruz.
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Winners from each campus competed Friday for a chance to open at Shoreline Ampitheatre this summer.
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"We have the hometown advantage," said Vincent Do (left) of San Jose's April Chase during a rehearsal. The band went on to win the battle.
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Koalacaust, representing the University of San Francisco, encouraged the audience to get the band's music "for free on the Internet."
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Santa Clara University's Project Blue Book usually performs “in a house or a dank bar somewhere,” said Greg Croak.
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The crowd dances to the brassy tunes of Project Blue Book.
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Good thing this guy had his coffee.
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The Sea People, representing Stanford University, compete at the Event Center Friday.
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Each band was limited to 20 minutes of playing time.
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They broke two bass strings during the competition.
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Ella Cooley of The Sea People said Friday's bands would be hard to judge because of their diverse styles.
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There were four judges.
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The audience also texted votes.
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The audience texting acted as a fifth judge.
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The Buckwalds, representing UC Berkeley, prepare to take the stage.
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The Buckwalds formed by chance six months ago, said Anthony Ferraro. "We were jammin' on the spot."
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The band's banjo, violin and washboard brings "a different flavor," said Anthony Ferraro.
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Hannah Van Loon of The Buckwalds plays violin during the Bay Area Battle of the Bands.
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Mimi Willard rocks a glowing headband as she watches the performances.
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San Francisco State's Dead Panic competes Friday.
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Dead Panic sounds like "a kick in the head," according to the band's MySpace page.
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After winning the Battle of the Bands, April Chase is headed for the Shoreline Ampitheatre this summer.
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The band will open for either Sum 41, Dave Matthews, All-American Rejects, Korn or Rob Zombie.
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