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Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Battle of the Bands - Update

Showing off the Banner

In short, it was pretty awesome. It started at 8:00 pm and finished just before midnight. Eight bands played, about 20 minutes each. We sold 151 tickets; that means we had at least 200 people in the ballroom over the course of the night, including band members and their groupies, as well as Chi Alphans who were working the event. Speaking of which, props to all those who helped with the event, especially Rachael, Gretchen and Zach. Below are some pictures and videos (sorry no sound).


The decorating committee (led by Jen) blew up balloons and put up a curtain of silvery stuff over the entrance. Little did they know that it would be waving in wind the entire night. We're not sure where the breeze came from but it was a cool effect.

Things got off to a rough start when a few minutes before the first band was to start we learned that their lead singer had been arrested. Oh dear. Scott and Rocky had to entertain the crowd for 20 minutes while the next band got ready to play. After this, though, there were only minor glitches, and many people commented on how well the event was run. Not bad for our first time doing something this big.

a band gets ready to play


A handful of local businesses made some pretty sweet donations for our raffle. Here Scott reads off a ticket number from the box held by his "lovely assistant" Anna.

The event was judged by the members of the local band Tom Catmull and the Clerics. Audience members also voted for their favorite band of the night. Counting the ballots around 11:45 pm...

counting ballots

Tear down didn't finish til after 1:00 am, but even in this we had help from friends. One of the bands - two crazy guys who are RAs and friends with Annie - helped quite a bit. Then they were pretty excited to take balloons.

balloon band pic

For more pics, go here. Enjoy.

Friday, February 08, 2008

Lenten Season

Hi all. As you may know, this past Wednesday was Ash Wednesday, the first day of the season of Lent leading up to Good Friday and Easter. I just found an interesting blog post about this. It's a thoughtful look at how we can draw closer to Jesus and move "toward resurrection" in this season. The author hopes to continue this Lenten conversation with at least one post each week of the journey. Enjoy.

Tuesday, February 05, 2008

Battle of the Bands!

This Saturday, February 9 at 8:00 pm in the UC Ballroom.
Seven local bands.
Two stages.
Judged by local band Tom Catmull and the Clerics.
$1 admissions.

This will be an amazingly fun outreach, with bands playing against each other for a chance to win $100. It will be a mix of American Idol and the Gong Show. Come...and invite as many friends as possible. You won't be disappointed!!

There are some free tickets available...come to XA Worship to get some to pass out. Also, Zach, Rael, and Gretchen have done a lot of great work on this event, but there are still ways you can get involved to help it all run more smoothly. If you're interested, send an email to and we'll hook you up!