PLATTSBURGH - The true amount of talent in the local music scene isn't widely known, says Nathan Liberty. However, through one event, he hopes to change all that.
Liberty is the man behind Rockin' Ridley's Battle of the Bands, a competition featuring live music this Sunday, March 28, at Olive Ridley's on Court Street.
"It's just something that Plattsburgh hasn't done in a real long time," said Liberty.
The event, said Liberty, will be an opportunity for unheard local talent to present themselves to the public and to plug them into the live music circuit in downtown Plattsburgh. What prompted Liberty to create the event, he said, was having a few friends who play in bands and have had a hard time finding places to play.
"It's hard for a lot of these young bands to really get on the circuit," said Liberty. "So, I thought the best way to approach that would be to do something along these lines."
Even for someone like Liberty, who's had experience booking acts for venues like Coffee Camp, putting together the Battle of the Bands has been challenging.
"There's been a lot more work than I thought it would be," he said. "But, it's gone pretty well. We've gotten some good support."
The easy part was finding a place to host the event. Matt Spiegel, owner of Olive Ridley's, was very supportive of the idea, said Liberty.
"It's really hard to find a good-sized venue for a lot of these bands to play," said Liberty. "So, that was really good."
Budweiser has donated the signs for the event and a guitar that will go the winner of the competition. Through the help of other sponsors, cash prizes will also be awarded, said Liberty.
"I've gotten a good response to it so far," he said, referring to sponsors and people interested in the show. "I'm hoping it's a good turnout because I'd really like to do more in the future."
Dan Andersen, who plays with the band Eat.Sleep.Funk., hopes so, too. He and his fellow band members will be taking the stage, which is something Andersen said he's really looking forward to.
"I think it's a really awesome opportunity for the bands. And, it's good for the people to see the wide range of music that's out there," said Andersen.
This Sunday's competition will begin at 1 p.m. In addition to Eat.Sleep.Funk., bands scheduled to perform so far include Ginge and the Giants, Visions, Motion of the Ocean, All the Rage, The Choking Beaver Project, and Kingston and Zowie Gypsy Funk.
The show will be open to ages 18 and older, with a $3 cover charge.
For more information about Rockin' Ridley's Battle of the Bands, Liberty can be reached at 802-0230.