MASSENA – Bands from Akwesasne and Canton won top honors at the fourth annual Battle of the Bands Charity Fest at the St. Lawrence Centre Arena.
Six bands participated from the North Country and Canada and raised $1,233.50 for Habitat for Humanity.
The winning band, 14 Knuckles Later, formerly known as Shaman, from Akwesasne received first place for Best Original Song and Best Overall Band. City by Nightfall from Canton received Honorable Mention.
Bands were judged on planning and preparation, originality, audience interaction, performance quality, and presentation.
Winning bands took home a variety of prizes including gift cards from both Northern Music & Video and St. Lawrence Centre, a tambourine, a guitar tuner, a song demo mixing, and mastering at North Country Public Radio, as well as a song debut on 101.5 The Fox.
Other participating bands were 3LeggedGrandma, Six Seconds to Safety, Into the Black, and Beat Vandalz.