BROOKFIELD – They may have been edged out of first place last year, but Joe Lendabarker of Brookfield believes that members of the band he’s in have what it takes to win it all this weekend.
“Honestly, I think our chances are pretty good of taking home the top prize,” Lendabarker said of the upcoming Battle of the Bands competition in Brookfield. “We won second place last year. But over the past year, we’ve only gotten better and have written better songs.”
The eighth annual Battle of the Bands will be at Kiwanis Park, 8820 Brookfield Ave., from noon to 6 p.m. Sunday. The annual event is overseen by the Brookfield Recreation Department, with the winner going to the regional competition.
Lendabarker plays guitar in The Capitol. Fellow band members Max Zuppa of Western Springs sings and plays the bass, and Jimmy Cransie of La Grange plays drums.
This will be the third Battle of the Bands that members of The Capitol have entered.
The Battle of the Bands comes at an ideal time for The Capitol. The band recently released its first CD, “I Don’t Believe in Ghosts but I Believe in Apparitions.”
Arlene Rovner, a staff member of the Brookfield Recreation Department, said the event has grown over the years and reaches a wide audience.
“A lot of them enjoy having an outlet where they can play,” Rovner said. “But another point that makes our event different is that we have professional musicians and people in the industry serve as judges.”
Arden and Courtney Kurhayez, who are twin sisters from La Grange Highlands, also will perform at the Battle of the Bands as Double Identity.
“Our neighbors, they had boys and they played a drum set,” Arden said. “And when they were done with the set, they gave it to us and we both took drum lessons. But then I switched and began playing guitar.”
Courtney stayed with the drums while both girls lend their vocals to their songs.
“I like connecting with the audience because it’s a really cool feeling,” Courtney said.
Mike Doerr co-owns A Sound Education in Brookfield with Patrick Sheridan. The store, which sells instruments and music lessons, has been involved with the Battle of the Bands in Brookfield since it began.
“We’ve had students in the past who went on to be part of the Battle of the Bands competition,” Doerr said. “We’re very happy with the caliber of young musicians they have.”
Participants will vie for drawing prizes between sets, Rovner said. But aside from advancing to the regional competition, the winning band will record one song at Studio VMR Masters in Brookfield, she said.