The winning band will play on stage at Roman Roast on the River May 7-8. Members of the public can vote for their favorite bands and listen to their songs at www.theridge957.com.
To place a vote, Web site users must first register at the site; they then have the opportunity to vote for their favorite band each day until April 16.
Once votes are tallied, the top four bands will play at 333 on Broad. The Roman Roast on the River is where the winning bands from the 333 event will play live April 23.
Calhoun residents make up one of the bands, a Christian rock band called “PerFeKt Peace,” which consists of four members: Jon Stewart, lead vocalist; John Laddage, drummer; Ryan Burney, guitarist; and Jeff Gazaway, base guitarist and background singer.
The band was started in 2008 when Gazaway and Stewart found that they both share the same love of music; from there they began convening to play guitar and sing and they decided to start a Christian band.
Shortly after that, Laddage joined. Burney the latest addition to the band, joined in 2009, and “he (Burney) completed our perfect circle for our ‘PerFeKt Peace’ band,” Gazaway said.
“This is an opportunity to get our names out there and hopefully meet people who are in music business and possibly go to the next level,” he said.
They submitted one of their songs, named “Silence,” for the “Battle of the Bands,” which is currently posted on the site.
“We place third on the Web site right now, and I have a very good feeling we will remain in the top four,” Gazaway said.
He is the manager of EVCO Plastics and a member of the Gordon County Chamber of Commerce board of directors. He said although he’s busy, he loves to play in the band and has dedicated much of his time to it.
“Playing in the band is more than a hobby; it’s a good release from all the pressures of life, but I want this hobby to become something more,” Gazaway said.
Even if the band does not make it to the finals, he said, they will continue to play and work on getting their names out there and recognized by many.
Currently the band has been playing gigs about once or twice a month in metro Atlanta areas, and they have high hopes of playing in more local areas in the near future.
The band writes all of their own music.
“Our songs sometimes come very quickly, but sometimes they take weeks or even months to come up with,” Gazaway said.
Laddage and Stewart are the main songwriters.
“Ryan and I put our two cents in and help polish some of the songs, but they are the ones who mainly come up with the songs,” Gazaway said.
The band is anticipating the upcoming performance and Gazaway said, “We really need everyone’s votes and support, and we appreciate it, and we love Calhoun.”
Medders Conasauga Troubabadors
Another Gordon County band, the “Medders Conasauga Troubabadors,” consists mainly of a father and his three sons.
Father Jule Medders is the lead vocalist of the band; Cheyenne is the oldest son and he plays guitar and base; second oldest son, Carson plays guitar; Will, the drummer , is the youngest.
Jule submitted one of their songs to the “Battle of the Band” competition named “Hollowman” from a CD they recorded together.
Each one of them plays various instruments and they use their talents and abilities to add flavor to their folk rock music.
He said the band is not together anymore and they haven’t played together since the fall, but they play together when they can.
The Medders brothers moved to Tennessee to further their musical passions and they have branched off and created their own band called “The Medders.”
“Since my boys live in Nashville, I usually play solo acoustic gigs locally, but when time and opportunity allows, I like to get the band together and rock,” Jule said. “Most all of what I play is original material with a few covers thrown in from time to time.”
Click here to vote in the Rome Roast Battle of the Bands contest.