2016-07-20 / Features

Queens Library Presents Battle Of The Bands


Chiv Culture. Chiv Culture. Some of the best young musicians in the metro area competed on the evening of July 14 during Queens Library’s second annual “Battle of the Bands.” Queens Library’s President and CEO, Dennis Walcott, welcomed the crowd. Ralph McDaniels of Video Music Box was the MC. More than 2,000 free tickets were distributed for the event. When the judging was done, three young bands took home trophies. First prize went to Chiv Culture. Second place was won by Noni Rene and the Village, and Global Warming took third.

“I can’t think of a better destination for teens than Queens Library. In addition to being a resource for schoolwork, it is a gateway to explore so many other interests, including music, art, science, world travel, politics, activism – so much that will help teens blossom into well-rounded adults. The Battle of the Bands is a great, fun way to attract more young people to the library and everything it offers. It is also a great way to connect with the Queens College community,” said Walcott.


Noni Rene and the Village. Noni Rene and the Village. The competition was open to bands with members ages 13-22, in all musical genres. Queens Library requested that bands send in their audition tracks. From those, a panel of judges invited six outstanding bands to compete. The judges were Dorothy Lewandowsky, Queens Parks Commissioner; Julia Del Palacio, Strategic Partnerships for the Kupferberg Center for the Arts; Vincent Sgaglione, Joe and the Rockers guitarist; and Queens Library staff member, Michael Stamberg, Young Adult Librarian. Queens College and the Kupferberg Center for the Arts partnered with the library to produce the event.

They competing musicians were:

•Chiv Culture: “Good deeds, good vibes, good music. We represent chivalry culture,” said Chiv Culture’s lead vocalist, Akinyemi, when talking about their catchy name in an interview with Birthplace Magazine. This sunny attitude plays into their music, a brand-new culmination of several vocalists and musicians inspired by jazz, hip-hop and standout lyrics. Their official genre? “Headnod,” according to their Facebook page.


Global Warming. Global Warming. •Global Warming: Global Warming started out in 2012 at Grover Cleveland High School in Ridgewood. Though it began as a fun side project, they were soon overwhelmed by demand for their energetic performances. Global Warming also has the distinction of having the largest group at this year’s Battle of the Bands, with 10 members in a constantly evolving lineup taking the stage.

•Noise on 93rd: Getting their start in a basement in Queens Village, Noise on 93rd have honed a unique sound, taking inspiration from the very best of boundary-pushing ‘90s alternative rock, the melodies of indie pop, and the irresistible beats of hip hop to make something that’s all their own.

•Noni Rene and The Village: This multitasking talent (she’s a singer, songwriter, composer, producer, and the founder of her own production company) is inspired by legends Michael Jackson and Stevie Wonder, as well as the contemporary sounds of N.E.R.D., Res, and Van Hunt. Noni’s also equally comfortable with several genres, having worked as a singer, composer, and producer on rock, R&B, electronic, and jazz tracks.

•Roslyn School of Rock House Band: Consisting of teens aged 13-18, the group plays a wide variety of covers and mash-ups spanning several genres. Dedicated to classic songs and rock ‘n’ roll history, this group is all about impressing crowds with blazing instrumental skills and killer vocals.

•Summer Haze: Summer Haze finds inspiration in the punk and hard rock legends that changed the musical landscape forever. A four-piece band with eardrum-busting powers and a knack for getting even the most stubborn wallflowers to dance, Summer Haze pride themselves on being versatile rock menaces.

Queens Library is an independent, not-for-profit corporation and is not affiliated with any other library. Queens Library serves a population of 2.3 million in one of the most ethnically diverse counties in the U.S. and has among the highest circulations of any public library system in the world. For more information about programs, services, locations, events and news, visit the Queens Library web site at: www.queenslibrary.org or phone 718-990-0700.

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