Bands Battle In Ellsworth To Benefit Area Nonprofit 

It was a battle of the bands in Ellsworth on Saturday. “Today we’ve got our Mud Season Mash Up, our first Mud Season Mash Up. We’ve got 5 local bands lined up,” said Kenney Miller, Executive Director of the Down East Aids Network. Admission to the concert benefited this nonprofit.”Down East Aids Network is a nonprofit community based organization. Our mission is to support those living with HIV as well as those affected by HIV and educate the public to prevent the spread of the disease,” said Miller. The band Jim Dandy was gearing up to play the first set.”We’re a three piece punk rock band from Belfast, Maine. We wrote a bunch of songs and have been playing them and here we are,” said Wes Sterrs, the group’s drummer.The winner of the battle gets a rocking prize.”The band will win free studio time through the New England School of Communications. We have a judge here Nina from WERU. We’re also asking people when they arrive who they are here to see,” said Miller.”Any chance I think a local musician can get to record some music, especially original music is time well spent,” said Sterrs. Watching from the audience were the band members of Pleasant Street, a reggae, psychedelic, punk rock band from Blue Hill. They were looking forward to playing their first gig.”We can’t wait. It’s exciting. We’ve been itching to get out there to go play,” said singer and guitar player Cam King.Plus their jamming for good.”It’s nice to be able to support a good cause and it’s nice to be able to have music help with that,” said Kyle Chick, Pleasant Street’s percussionist. Talk about beginners luck, Pleasant Street won the battle.