Try Sarah Topps emerged as the grand prize winners of the Garage to Glory battle of the bands on Friday night, edging out the other four finalists – Saving Atlantis, the Ill Funk Ensemble, 3MinutePop! and the Providers.
Co-sponsored by the College of Saint Rose and The Times Union, the final round of competition took place at Saint Rose on Friday evening, where each band had 15 minutes in the spotlight to impress the panel of judges.
Formed a half and a half ago at Saint Rose, the indie/progressive rock quintet Try Sarah Topps features vocalist Kyle Albano, guitarists Jared Dirolf and Gary Ljungquist, bassist Frank McNenney and drummer Kevin O’Connell. The band is slated to play the annual spring festival Rose Rock on the Saint Rose campus on Saturday, April 24.
As the Garage to Glory winners, TST will receive an EP Master CD, a Sennheiser wireless microphone system, a music performance video filmed at Saint Rose, four hours of professional design services for the CD cover art and a profile story in The Times Union.