The Battle of the Bands is back at the Mississippi Valley Fair! This year is going to be the best yet, with two days of music! Get excited for this FREE Battle of the Bands, hosted by The Mississippi Valley Fairgrounds and MH Entertainment.

This year, the battle of the bands will be split into 2 days. You can catch rock on the 19th, while March 20th has all our QC country bands competing for that W. The inner of that country battle will get a chance to open for Carly Pearce!

Fans nominated their favorite bands on Facebook with the top-voted bands being selected to play at the show.

If you want to go to this event in style, Sign up below to win a VIP table at the show!

Each band will perform for 20 minutes and be judged by a panel of judges who aren't from the Quad Cities Aera who are also all in the music venue business. After all the bands have competed, the winner will be announced at around 7 PM.

The bands will showcase their talent with the winner from each battle winning a paid show during the 2022 Mississippi Valley Fair! Something any Quad City recent would be excited for! Who will win a chance for a spot?

Let's See Those playing at the 2022 Battle of the Bands:

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The Michael Mikrut Band

"The musicians in The Michael Mikrut Band grew up in SW Wisconsin and bonded over their shared passion for music. Each member brings a unique musical aesthetic to the band and over the years we’ve grown comfortable playing different genres, with a focus on Country and creating and playing our own originals.  We are playing in all areas of Wisconsin but are also hitting new areas in the Midwest. Our set list prominently features Country but will also dive into favorites from Classic Rock to originals. "

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Simple Company

"Simple Company is a new 3-piece band based out of Southwestern WI. We sound like a mix between Johnny Cash, Eric Church, and Luke Bryan. Make sure to check out our website for links to our recent EP Dying Generation and all our social media. The band consists of Kurt Kieffer on Vocals and Guitar, Noah Kachelski on Bass, and Jacob Lamantia on drums."

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The Beach Bums

“The Beach Bums are the perfect mix of summertime music and a good time groovin. From cover songs to original music, they’ll keep you riding the waves of music all day and all night.”

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2nd Generation

"2nd Generation Band was founded in 2011 and have been traveling throughout Wisconsin, Illinois, and Iowa providing high energy performances. Composed of three talented musicians and also first cousins who all share a common passion for country music. Featuring Kyler Bartell from Lancaster, WI on lead vocals and lead guitar, Ryan Bartell from Stockton, IL on lead vocals and bass, and Tom Bartell from Galena, IL on drums. Check out our Facebook page for upcoming shows. Now booking for 2022 and 2023!"

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Faster Horses

Faster Horses is the musical result of a bunch of Iowa boys with humble beginnings being brought together for the love of one thing, unapologetically COUNTRY music. With influence from true cowboys of country music like George Strait, Garth Brooks, Randy Travis, and Cody Johnson, the Faster Horses aim to deliver an emotional experience to the audience full of highs and lows just like their heroes did and still do. Their goal as a unit is to remove the listener from reality and take them on a journey for the duration of the performance, and hopefully, have them coming back and wanting more.

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Moonshine Run

The Quad Cities’ very own Moonshine Run is brought to you by some of the most notable musicians in the area. Original members Shannon Whitehall, John (J Rock) Pepping, and Roger Canny founded the band in 2012 and are still bringing you your favorite country hits to this day. Now with well-known musicians formerly of Crossroads, (Scott Whitehall, Dwight Whitehall, and Kenny Long) throw in new kid Joel Swanson, and this band has taken its level of talent and variety to a whole new level. From Willy and Waylon to AC/DC, Miranda to Joan Jett, this high-energy band will have you joining in on the fun and having a “Moonshine Run” time!
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Monica Austin

Monica Austin is a MidWest Country music artist from the Quad City Area. Her slice-of-life writing style and swing for the fences stage show resonate deeply with fans from the heartland while providing listeners outside it a glimpse into their lifestyle. Monica’s brand of country music didn’t originate on a farm but rather in a little trailer park in Cambridge, IL. Her tendency to perform in bare feet over the genre-standard cowgirl boots is nearly as indicative of her journey as her lyrics.

Monica began singing along with the likes of Wynonna Judd, Martina McBride, Faith Hill, and Reba as a young girl. Bouncing from home to home as a child without a voice, she heard stories like her own for the first time in “Independence Day, Fancy and Someone Else’s Dream”, sparking hope that she could someday be as strong as the women who won the day in those songs. The soaring belt, soulful grit, and take-charge stage show that Monica’s fans and critics refer to were born of that determination. Since 2012, when she founded and fronted her first band, Fickle Filly, and the Haymakers, Monica has won the hearts and acclaim of fans across the MidWest. She has fronted hundreds of shows from acoustic duos on the local bar circuit to opening on the big stage for the likes of Mitchell Tenpenny, Allie Colleen, and her childhood idol, Wynonna Judd. A third-year member of the Midwest Country Music Association, Monica Austin’s EP is currently on rotation on 14 radio stations via the MidWest Country Music Originals radio show and is available on all buying/streaming platforms. Her first full album is currently in production.

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Eli Alger

Eli Alger is a Traditional Country artist with a wide vocal range and great stage presence and personality. You’ll hear him cracking jokes in between tunes from Garth Brooks to John Pardi to Luke Combs, as well as some originals of his own.

How The Judging Works:

  • First, is of course the music.  Clarity, lyrical content, and overall musical performance
  • Stage Presence and Crowd Interaction.
  • Appearance and Personality.  If you want to be a rock star, you need to look the part!
  • Confidence.
  • Crowd Applause.  Fans Need to be LOUD!
  • Minutes over.  Bands have 20 minutes and will lose points for every minute over.  Create that setlist and be prepared to hit your time.

This free event is the perfect event for you, and you can be a VIP!. Sign up below to win a VIP table that includes a bucket of beer and station swag!

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