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Musicians do battle in Indian Lake

INDIAN LAKE - There sure wasn't a lack of diversity. Local musicians gathered May 8 - styles ranging from 18th century chamber music to metal - and celebrated not only music itself, but the art of the performance at the inaugural Indian Lake Battle of the Bands.

"There is nothing more frustrating for an artist than to not be able to get on stage and display their work," battle judge Lori Benton said.

The battle sprung from a mutual desire by officials from the Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts and the Indian Lake Theater to expand the artistic opportunities for local residents.

"This brings a lot of music enthusiasts with different interests and styles to one spot," Indian Lake Theater board- member Noel Jennings said. "We are much more than a theater, we are a venue."

Artists ranged in age from adolescents to the aging, and the variation in musical styles reflected the many generations. A total of seven bands were represented - garage bands with no previous stage-time to veteran bands seasoned on the stages of numerous bars.

The evening took the over 100 spectators on a ride which ran from the mellow serenity of bluegrass to the thrashing discontent of metal.

"The absolute breadth of talent and diversity amazes me," Indian Lake Theater Director Pat Conner said. "What we have is a great mesh of styles and ages."

Students from Indian Lake Central and Long Lake Central schools entered the competition. Both offered jazzy offerings with high energy and powerful brass.

LLCS' entry, the Long Lake Razz was pronounced the winner at the end of the night. But the battle wasn't defined by winning or losing, it was just about the music.

"We see it as our duty to show off the talent in the park," ALCA Director Steve Svaboda said. "It is really a great evening."

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