May 8, 2019
Founder, Chief Executive Officer | Kristen Faith
Battle of the Bands: Summer Kick Off Benefit for Break the Silence Against Domestic Violence
Colorado Springs, Colorado – Break the Silence Against Domestic Violence is excited to announce the inaugural summer kick-off of the battle of the bands benefit at the Gold Room on Thursday, May 30 at 6 pm.
Members of the community and news media are welcome. There will be 3 different bands competing for the best band with judges to award the winner.
The bands competing at this event are:
● Jon E. Boothe Band
● Stray Suns
Come enjoy local music from bands who have donated their time for this benefit. Local survivors will also be there sharing their stories in between performances.
Along with the music, there will be raffles to raise money for the cause. An autographed Luke Bryan guitar will be included in the raffle.
The mission of this event is to join music and domestic violence awareness together. Music has the power to bring the community together even through domestic violence. Everyone has the ability to make a difference. Music is is a meaningful way to combine the message with survivor stories. In February, Break the Silence Against Domestic Violence hosted the Grand Opening of their new office located inside Mt. Carmel Veterans Resource Center.
“We’re here to inspire while raising awareness for domestic violence with the community by intertwining stories from local survivors and musicians, come on out it is going to be the perfect way to kick off the summer,” said Kristen Faith, BTSADV Founder, and CEO.
Meet our Emcee, Christina Wells
Christina is a Colorado Springs local currently pursuing her love of visual art through local murals, paintings, and graphic design. She has filled the walls of the St. Francis Medical center, private residences, the CSC, and now has a whole summer packed with commissioned paintings and murals all around the city. Graduating with her Bachelor in Fine Arts and Musical Theatre in St. Louis she has taken her talents to New York, Dubai, and now back here locally where she is teaching voice and dance at the CSC.
Christina also is currently recording her first album of original works and plans to have it out to the public by 2020 still while performing all around the city. She is thrilled to be a part of BTSADV and is humbled to be asked to Emcee the first Battle of the Bands in Colorado Springs.
Juannah was born when Hannah Pinar, a dancer, and Colorado Springs native, met percussionist and Colombian, Juan Vargas while traveling in South America 3 years ago.
The two immediately bonded through their love of music and pushed each other to explore their talent and create together. Hannah’s sweet voice carries a jazzy pop vibe, and her lyrics are thoughtful, featuring a wide range of human emotion. Juan’s guitar and mix of instruments is interesting and never lacks a danceable rhythm.
This duo loves improvisation and has been known to break into spontaneous jam sessions during live performances.
Jon E. Boothe & The NightWatch
Jon E. Booth is a singer-songwriter/musician from Nashville, Tennessee. His interest in music began early at the age of 5 when he loved listening to the classic crooners such as Dean Martin and Sinatra, and finally picking up on Dylan and Otis Redding and other soulful singers and writers from Stax, Columbia, MoTown. Finally, at 13, he picked up a guitar and started playing.
He began teaching himself music (guitar, piano, harmonica), and different styles of playing; and continues to study many styles of music with a particular interest in 18th Century Spanish Music, Blues, Folk and Rock. He is a very powerful writer and vocalist with his band that stays busy with him either touring or recording in the studio!
He has performed in all types of venues, from restaurants and bars to private functions, from art centers to auditoriums and theaters across the country.
Listen to some of Jon’s music here: https://www.reverbnation.com/joneboothe
Stray Suns play songs to move people. Combining elements from funk, rock, jazz, and many more, Stray Suns creates a style that uniquely captures an audience and never lets go.
The “alt-rock” group based out of Colorado Springs, CO is comprised of Jake Oakey (vocals, rhythm guitar), Addison Slone (lead guitar), Tim Miller (bass), and Joe Della Penna (drums).
You can hear their different approach throughout the night -one song may be an up-tempo 70’s funk homage while the next tune might be a progressive jazz/R&B mashup. Stray Suns never disappoint with their musicianship and creativity on the stage.
While they are professional players, they make sure to not take themselves too seriously. You can often find them joking around, playing Mario Kart, or making fun of one another on stage (don’t worry, they’re not actually kicking Tim from the band). Their first album, “Until Further Notice”, is currently under production at Augminished Studios, and is scheduled to release January 19, 2019.