Wilton band hits the right notes in taking teen center ‘Battle’

Local rock group The Basement came out on top at Trackside Teen Center’s Battle of the Bands on Saturday, Jan. 19. The event drew five bands and 150 cheering fans to an evening that featured a special performance by the band Broadcast Hearts, which closed the show and announced the winners.

The lineup included The Foresters, Monolith Man, Pampalibros, The Basement, and Sentinel competing for three prize packages which featured gift cards, VIP passes to Trackside events, and the privilege of spending time and having a jam session with Broadcast Hearts.

Taking home the third prize was The Foresters, a group of brothers from Bethany, Conn. By far the youngest group in the battle, The Foresters, ages 8, 11, and 13, showed off their punk-rock talents and impressed both the crowd and the judges.

Second place was snatched by Pampalibros from Redding. After finishing third place in Trackside’s Battle of the Bands last March, Pampalibros charmed the crowd and powerfully hammered home a solid set to win the approval of the judges.

The Basement, the local favorite, took home the grand prize. The band is comprised of Wilton High School students Carter Vail, Ethan Michael, Luke Rizzo, and Tyler Mirable. They gave the judges and audience a skillful and energetic show that put them in the lead.

“Trackside wishes to thank all of the bands that participated and their fans who came out to show their support,” said Mark Ketley, executive director of the teen center.

The next Battle of the Bands is set to take place in May. For the latest information, visit trackside.org.