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Itsurwiener ignites musical passion with Battle of the Bands competition

Matt Grubbs
Bands perform at Itsurwiener’s Battle of the Bands competition.

Itsurwiener came alive this past weekend as its new venue, The Basement, played host to an electrifying Battle of the Bands competition.

From soulful pop melodies to headbanging rock anthems, the event offered a diverse range of sounds that showcased some of the upstate’s most promising up-and-coming musical talent. Three performers took the stage starting at 10 p.m. and kept the energy up past midnight.

In an interview, event organizer Antonio Rodgers shared insights into the logistical challenges of hosting such an event, emphasizing the importance of effective marketing and strategic scheduling. Despite these obstacles, he expressed excitement for the future of Clemson’s music scene and encouraged attendees to support live music events, including the upcoming Clemson Music Fest.

EvanMac kicked the night off with smooth vocals and dynamic stage presence. He drew attention with his well-crafted beats and crowd involvement through constant conversation and attention to the mood of the bar.

Performing a mix of self-written and produced pop and R&B tracks with hints of rap, Mac’s performance garnered praise for his talent but also highlighted the challenge of engaging a small audience. It can be hard to draw the short straw and have to go up before people really get out on the town for the night, but EvanMac showed that it does not have to slow you down in the slightest.

Next, Daisy Chain brought a dose of nostalgia with their ‘70s and ‘80s rock-infused setlist, featuring iconic hits by Joan Jett, AC/DC, and Pat Benatar. Their high-energy performance and infectious enthusiasm earned them a solid response from attendees.

A group of five musicians from all across the Carolinas, Daisy Chain marked their music with rocking guitars and passionate, loud lyrics. Everyone on stage looked to be having the best time, and everyone in the crowd wanted to join them.

However, it was Take Two who stole the show with their tight, almost perfect sound and impeccable chemistry. From Blink-182 to The Beatles, the six members of the band transitioned effortlessly between genres, keeping the crowd jumping, singing along and on their feet.

The audience begged for one more song as Take Two tried to leave the stage. They’re undoubtedly a band to watch out for in the local music scene.

As the event came to a close and The Basement switched back over to standard fare of circulating dance and pop tracks, it was clear that the Battle of the Bands had succeeded in its mission to highlight live music and showcase the rich talent pool within the upstate.

For live music enthusiasts and aspiring artists alike, events like these serve as a reminder of the power of live music to unite and inspire and the importance of supporting local talent on their journey to the top.

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