We are still working on all of our prizes...but as we confirm the prizes, they will be put up here on this page...so keep checking back. You can check out last years prizes by going to the "Battle4Cancer 2013" page. We are expecting to have even bigger and better prizes this year...so don't miss out!!
The battle will be held on May 3, 2014 at Hancock High School. All the rules and the applications are located on this page, so make sure you download them and send them in with your money and video! Don't wait...as the slots are filling up quickly!!
This year we will have the following categories:
1. Rock & Roll, Classic Rock, ska, reggae etc.
2. Country, Folk, Southern Country, Spiritual, Jazz and Blues etc.
We will have a separate battle for metal and hard rock. Info to come soon!
Our awards will be as follows this year:
1st place and runner up for each category (judges scores only)
1st place for people choice award (votes from the audience)
People's Choice award...where the audience votes, all proceeds go to Notes4Cancer to help children with cancer (NO CHECK PLEASE)
WE HAVE TAKEN OUT THE RULE THIS YEAR ABOUT ONLY AMATEURS!! EVERYONE IS WELCOME TO JOIN THE BATTLE THIS YEAR!!!!
If you have any questions, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
This years JUDGES!!!
Peace is a singer/songwriter/musician/Radio DJ from Hattiesburg Mississippi. He was born in the swamps of Louisiana and moved to the Hattiesburg area 5 years ago. He has been married to the love of his life for the last 21 years. They have 6 children and 11 grandchildren.
The Beatles”, “Jefferson Airplane”, “Steppenwolf”, “Three Dog Night”, “Led Zeppelin” and “Jethro Tull” were among his favorite musical influences. In Louisiana, Peace played the bass in the band “Technical Difficulties”. The Conga playing Hippie has played with many bands and solo artist in the Hattiesburg area. Peace is a huge supporter of local talents. He uses the first hour of his radio show to let the world here any musician from Mississippi.
Ben Kaufman, originally a Midwestern boy, has been settled on the Mississippi Gulf Coast for 20 years. Beginning on guitar at 7 and moving to bass and tuba in high school, Ben has a unique affinity to music. With 25 years of performance experience on bass, guitar, percussion and vocals, Ben also has a decade of buying talent under his belt. Booking local, national acts and artists for casinos and many local venues, he is often the "go-to" guy when a specific act or artist is needed. After many years running bars and clubs and playing music, he and his wife Kathy opened Irish Coast Pub, a Family friendly restaurant, Pub & music venue in the Historical downtown District of Gulfport, two years ago.
His current band, Kaboom, won Hard Rock Rising, Biloxi in 2013 and ended up 1st in the US and 3rd Globally in Hard Rock Cafe's search for the next big star- out of 10,000 bands and 90 Hard Rock Cafe locations worldwide.
Ben is on the Board of Directors for the Gulfport Chamber of Commerce and is a supporter of many charitable organizations.
Over the past six years the band GodSpeed3 which Travis was a member of played for over a hundred thousand people and shared the big stage with big name acts such as Casting Crowns, Mercy Me, Jeremy Camp, Building 429, Rhett Walker Band, 33 Miles, Mike’s Chair, Audio Adrenaline and Todd Agnew to mention a few. Signed to TMG Records, GodSpeed3 was honored to be included on the official Grammy Nomination list in 2009, 2010 and 2011. Travis has played from South Mississippi to Ohio, Texas and across the Southeast down into Key West, FL with GodSpeed3 and met many nice people and had a blast doing it.
Many have tried, but very few have succeeded to fuse Rock and Country in a manner palatable to fans of both. Mark Mann easily straddles the line between both creating an unforgettable, catchy sound that’s sure to get every toe in the house tappin’.
Mark Mann was born in Covina, CA but raised in Hattiesburg, MS, the true home of Rock n’ Roll according to the 1960 edition of Rolling Stone’s Illustrated History of Rock n’ Roll. His parents, Christian fundamentalists, all but banned Rock music from his home with “the irony being that mid-70’s Country music and ‘Days of our Lives’ seemed to be ok for a 5 year-old kid,” he says with a laugh.
Mann’s musical career began when he was selected to play bass at his parent’s church when he was 14. He made the switch to guitar within the year and began to expose himself to music that would’ve probably made his mother cringe. “I was able to witness the first days of MTV,” he remembers. “I saw Tom Petty, The Cars, Stevie Nicks etc. I even spent the night with a buddy to catch the debut of Thriller.”
Since then, Mann has logged thousands of hours over the past 15 years behind the guitar and microphone as a performer with Eulogy of the Dog, Eulogy and Opal Dial before flying solo. In 2007, he reunited with a few of his old bandmates for his current solo project. His latest work expands on his past endeavors by combining all the influences of his past in one amazing package.
The influence of musicians such as Tom Petty, U2, Love & Rockets and R.E.M. sit comfortably next to the styles of Jim Croce, Willie Nelson, Bruce Springsteen and Neil Young. As testament to his relentless touring and incredible songwriting, Mann has developed fan bases across the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Italy, France, Denmark, Israel, Argentina and many other countries.
While many musicians start thinking about retirement after nearly 20 years, Mark Mann is just getting started…