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Northbrook Garage wins first-ever Rock the Green

Rock and blues band Northbrook Garage won the first Battle of the Northbrook Youth Bands June 10 at the Village Green. About 500 people came to watch six local bands compete at Rock the Green, an event sponsored by the Northbrook Park District, Northbrook Arts Commission and Northbrook Youth Commission.

The six bands, chosen earlier as semi-finalists, were The Beijings, Vital Autumn, Southern Fear, Northbrook Garage, The Axidents and 42.

Each band, contained at least one Northbrook resident and played for 20 minutes, while a panel of five judges ranked them according to sound quality, musical ability, originality and audience appeal. Audience members also were able to vote, and they agreed with the judges, choosing Northbrook Garage.

Northbrook Garage band members are three 13-year-old boys, Sam Harkey, Eric Doar and Eric von Holst, and 11-year old lead vocalist Elenna Sindler. The boys have been playing together for about two years. They met Sindler at a Northbrook Junior High School talent night about six weeks ago and asked her to join the group. The band gets its name from a Northbrook landmark, a family-owned auto repair garage that closed in 2008 after 165 years in business.

The first-place prize was four hours of studio recording time and a chance to perform at the Park Fest concert on June 29. The band 42 captured second place and $200 worth of musical merchandise. All the bands took home gift cards from Chipotle.

The five judges for the event were Rich Mullen, guitarist in the band Punch; Jim Konsbruck, owner of the Northwest Music School, director of the Chicago North campus of the Day Jams summer rock day camp, and a member of the music faculty of Valparaiso University; Bob Tjarks, vice-president/sales and marketing at Gand Music and Sound, director of Camp Musictech and bassist with The Kingfish; Marnie Pilgrim, lead vocalist and keyboard player of Alter Image and Chris Lundholm, lead guitarist for Versitile.

The event was held to provide a showcase as well as a competition for young bands in Northbrook.

—Northbrook Park District

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