By Greg Haymes
The first rock show of the 2013 summer season at Saratoga Performing Arts Center wasn’t the two-night stand by the Dave Matthews Band last weekend. Rather it was the fourth annual SPAC Battle of the Bands on Friday night (May 24) at SPAC’s Spa Little Theater.
Nine bands – most from the Greater Nippertown area, although Rites of Ash hauled themselves all the way up from Baltimore for their 10 minutes on the SPAC stage – each competed, strutting their 10 minutes-worth of original music, one after another.
“Are you ready to rock?” SPAC president Marcia White asked the crowd at the start of the competition.
And indeed they were…