Cheer on Your Favorite Band at the 2022 MVF Battle of the Bands
The Battle of the Bands is back at the Mississippi Valley Fair and 2022 is bigger and better with two days of music. The Mississippi Valley Fairgrounds and MH Entertainment will be hosting the FREE Battle of the Bands.
Each band will perform for 20 minutes and be judged by a panel of judges that are all from out of the Quad Cities and all in the music venue business. After all the bands are done with their performance, the winner will be announced around 7 PM.
The bands will showcase their talent with the winner for each battle winning a paid show during the 2022 Mississippi Valley Fair. The winners of each battle will get a paid show at Gypsy Highway.
Who is playing at the 2022 Battle of the Bands?
Here is the full lineup with start times for each band at Mississippi Valley Fairgrounds on Saturday, March 19th.
A Band Has No Name - 3:00 pm
“A Band Has No Name” has been playing together in one form or another for more than 5 years. What started as a basement experiment playing unusual covers - sometimes making them their own - and sharing that with friends, is now three music teachers and two longtime weekend warriors playing at bars, block parties, house parties, birthdays, and now a Battles of the Bands!
It’s not exactly true that "A Band Has no Name" has no name.
They collect band names - about 1,000 and counting - and each gig, just before they play, they choose a new name at random from that list.
Mo's Garage - 3:30 pm
Hailing from Orion, Illinois, Mo’s Garage consists of Brian and Lora Ossian on vocals, drummer Ken Smith, bassist Alex Axup, and guitarists Mike Westerlund and Ron Farwell.
Formed in 2015, the band started out with one simple goal in mind….just have fun! Coupling the philosophies “life is too short to be taken seriously” and “music helps soothe the soul”; the band seeks to make every one of our engagements fun, entertaining, and engaging. We feel our fans are just like us; hardworking people who make a living in all walks of life. Our job is to help them forget about their worries for a while, cut loose with us, and lose themselves in the music.
While we may not be the most technically proficient or musically advanced band in the world, we do promise that we will make your hearts and ears bleed one butchered song at a time. We bring an eclectic mix of music wherever we go, guaranteeing that you’ll hear songs you haven’t heard in ages as well as hearing songs you never want to hear again! And that’s what endears us to so many of our fans. We love what we do together and the whole is definitely greater than the sum of its parts for Mo’s Garage. We play music in our own lighthearted and unique way. And somehow it all comes together to create a good time for all involved.
Eugene Levy - 4:00 pm
The Forty Twos - 4:30 pm
During one of the most difficult times our generation has ever faced, four individuals found themselves at a complete standstill. All the things that they knew were coming to an end and a season of change was setting in. Hailing from the plains of the heartland, hard work is no stranger to The Forty Twos. When the music came to fruition not only was there a new chapter in all their lives starting to unfold also a new WHY came to be. Heart-stopping drums wrapped up in screaming guitar melodies cranked up to 11 quickly became the standard at The Forty Twos rehearsals. However, the ‘why’ was discovered after some time. In a world of disconnection and mind-numbing distractions, this music will bring you together with everybody in the room while also making you face emotions old and new alike.
Monroe - 5:00 pm
Baja - 5:30 pm
BAJA is a group of musicians based out of Northern Illinois. Consisting of two core members Jonathan Rivera and AJ Schmall, the band achieves a soft pop-rock sound featuring an electric, live horn section. BAJA's imitable sound is complemented by the energy induced by Rivera and Schmall.
NonGrata - 6:00 pm
NonGrata is a 5-piece Alternative Metal band from Iowa City, Iowa. The band was formed in 2017 from a collection of music-loving nobodies who soon found the connection they were looking for. Their influences extend far across the musical spectrum and their unique brand of entertainment fuses their heavy yet, melodic sound with an engaging, high-energy performance that will make you want to get off your feet and move. NonGrata has shared the stage with national acts such as Nonpoint, Nita Strauss, Adelita's Way, Ra, Saul, and many more. NonGrata is sure to give you a show that you won't soon forget.
Elision - 6:30 pm
Now that you know the bands, how will they be judged to win the MH Entertainment Battle of the Bands?
- First, is of course the music. Clarity, lyrical content, and overall musical performance
- Stage Presence and Crowd Interaction.
- Appearance and Personality. If you want to be a rock star, you need to look the part!
- Crowd Applause. Fans Need to be LOUD!
- Minutes over. Bands have 20 minutes and will lose points for every minute over. Create that setlist and be prepared to hit your time.
There you go. The 2022 MH Entertainment Battle of the Bands at the Missississippi Valley Fair.