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posted: 5/10/2012 3:00 PM

4 bands compete in Palatine 'Battle' June 11

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Submitted by the Palatine Park District

The Palatine Park District and Salt Creek Park District present the 2012 Battle of the Bands at 7 p.m. June 11 at the Fred P. Hall Amphitheater, 262 E. Palatine Road, Palatine.

The event is co-sponsored by the Village of Palatine and the Palatine Jaycees. Prizes for the bands this year have been provided by The Drum Pad and The Music Room.

After the four chosen bands perform for the public and a panel of judges June 11, one band will advance to the Illinois Battle of the Bands Regional competition, an Illinois Park and Recreation Association event.

Additionally, the Village of Palatine will select a band to perform at Palatine Street Fest in August, and the Palatine Jaycees will select a band to perform at their Hometown Fest in July.

Arkane Daze: With Brennan Reiter, lead singer/bass; Kelen Snowden, drummer; Cameron Sass, lead guitar; Chandler Sass, rhythm guitar.

Arkane Daze's style is like My Chemical Romance, Led Zeppelin, Incubus, Shinedown and Rise Against. Cameron and Chandler met drummer Kelen at a battle of the bands in South Barrington and met lead singer Brennan at an open mic night in Woodstock.

They came together about six months ago and started writing original songs. The band's goal is to be a superstar rock band like Shinedown and all of their influences.

Chupacabra: With John Scovic, guitar/vocals; Hanna Khatib, guitar; Mark Scovic, bass; Jeremiah De La Pena, drums.

Chupacabra plays high energy rock covers, trying to keep them recognizable to keep the crowd into it. They have all been high school friends for years who also happen to play instruments, so the band was formed.

They played the 2011 South Barrington Battle of the Bands, where they won a cash prize for having the largest crowd, and they have most recently performed at the 2012 St. Baldrick's Day fundraiser at Durty Nellie's and the 2012 Palatine High School V-Show.

The Skelters: With John Spaw, bass; Lexis Danca, vocals; Tyler Hollis, guitar/vocals; Tygercat Arliskas, drums.

The Skelters is an Alternative/Funk group from Crystal Lake that has been together about two years. Last year they played all around Illinois, winning four battle of the bands competitions, and placing second at the state finals in Springfield.

They recently recorded a demo titled "Youth EP" and are currently writing more music and playing as many shows as possible.

White Shadow: With Andrew Cielak, bass/harmonica; Daniel Cielak, drums/lead vocals; Ryan Woodlock, guitar.

This multidimensional trio blends a classic rock roots salute with a modern sound for their generation. This right-brained group packs their sound with a raw richness and a throwback depth reminiscent of epic rock and roll subculture, combined with the never-ending emotion of alternative music.

For information on the upcoming event, contact Carol Lange, cultural arts coordinator, at (847) 496-6237 or