Our second annual ROCK MS event at Stella’s Lounge was again underwritten by Godwin Plumbing and featured five bands, three judges, fifty raffle items, and the first-ever tie knock-out for the Battle of the Bands! This truly epic evening ended with a “free play” session where the crowd could choose from four hundred songs and take to the stage to perform. An amazing evening full of fantastic food, stiff drinks, loud music, and good times! (Note: on-hand at ROCK MS 2013 was our good friend Becca from Rebecca L. Thompson Photography… she has assisted with MS-related fundraising events in West Michigan for many years now. Many thanks to Becca for her photographic prowess!)
This year’s top performance prize: an Epiphone Special guitar from Guitar Center!
Glitch from The Rubber Band takes a moment outside to admire the window promo posters
The “Table of Swag” was a popular location with free Rock Band items, information, raffle tickets, and t-shirts
ROCK MS would never be possible without the sponsors and volunteers who make it happen… props!
The Rubber Band opened with a high-energy set full of fun and youthful vigor!
Phat Bottom shied away from the stage but tore into his bass for The Rubber Band’s cover of Jimmy Eats World’s “The Middle”
The stunning Sara Lares-Decker kept the crowd amped between sets as Mistress of Ceremonies
VIDEO: Crystal Phoenix returned this year with a psychedelic setlist of classic rock tunes
The lights go down and the lighters come on for Crystal Phoenix
It’s a mood thing…
Stinkfinger’s precise rhythms kept Crystal Phoenix flying into the past
The normally quiet Tiriki stepped up to the mic this year during the Crystal Phoenix set
Lady Di was mesmorizing on lead vocals!
Another memorable performance!
Stella’s “Secret Back Room” was entirely devoted to the ROCK MS event. Nice crowd!
Scottie and “Misdemeanor” Peter prepare to rock out during the Scottie Cocks set
VIDEO: Scottie Cocks amps up the crowd with “Kryptonite”
Sloth and the Team N3kk1d volunteer crew were quick to get “caught in a mosh”
Heeeeeya! It’s the debut appearance of Hicks From the Hills!
VIDEO: Hicks From the Hills kicked out some great country tunes and had the crowd on their feet
Team N3kk1d raffled off more than fifty items during the evening!
The generous folks at Harmonix hooked us up with all sorts of Rock Band themed goodies for the raffle
Glow sticks… always a concert favorite!
After the Battle of the Bands was complete, Superman’s Cape made a cameo appearance and took to the stage
VIDEO: Glitch took front and center for a post-Battle rendition of “Rock Star”
The judges’ notes for this year reveal the slim winning margin for The Drunken Uncles