Gates Battle of the Bands FINALE

This year’s Battle of the Bands finalists includes - Pretty Nasty (top left) Mind The Gap (top right) Rock Paper Soul (bottom left) and Herman & Company.

Gates Restaurant is celebrating 5-years of championing local music and raising money for Meals on Wheels - in 2023 they presented a check for $4.3k. This highly charged production consists of 4-weekly heats and an electrifying final, hosted by radio presenter Jon Kamal.

The ticketed final on Saturday, February 3rd, will see 4-bands play a 20-minute set from 8pm. Special guest judges have been recruited to decide their fate. This year it is Brooklyn based Paul Green - Founder of School of Rock, PG Academy. His wife Kim France, editor, music writer and author. Renowned international author James Frey and local musician Michael Louis-Smith. Organizer Rachel Lampen says: “The competing bands work so hard and it’s an important time of year to raise money and encourage community spirit. It’s a huge production and I want to personally thank Todd Grosberg for sound, the judges for giving up their time and to Jen and Jay, Owners of Gates Restaurant for putting their trust in me five years ago. Everyone plays an integral part.”

Produced by Rock Paper Scissors Custom Events, it is generously sponsored by Karl Chevrolet. Eight fantastic bands played but the four finalists include: Pretty Nasty, Mind the Gap, Herman & Co and Rock Paper Soul. Two bands will be put through and they must play the same song – then the winner is decided. Prize money is $750 with runners up $250.

Gates which opened in 1979, is an iconic family sports bar and restaurant with live music every Saturday night. Tickets for the 2024 final are $22 per person and available to purchase via Eventbrite:

Gates Restaurant, 10 Forest Street, New Canaan, CT 06840 /

For further information please contact organizer or call 203 970 8432.

Submitted by Rachel Lampen

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