MALIBU—On Friday,  January 15, the City of Malibu will kick off the 10th Annual Battle of The Bands at Malibu City Hall’s Civic Theater located on 23825 Stuart Ranch Road.

The 6 p.m. event will be hosted by Malibu’s Harry Barovsky Memorial Youth Commission, which consists of student appointees in grades 7-12, who either live or attend school in Malibu. According to the City of Malibu website, “The Commission may make recommendations to the City Council on matters concerning the City’s programs and projects that serve young people. The Youth Commission has the authority and responsibility to plan, organize, and implement, with the assistance of appropriate members of the City staff and within budget limits, events, programs, and activities for the young people of the community, and to hold fundraising events to further the work of the Commission.”

The competition will feature high school and middle school musicians under the age of 18 years old.

Canyon News reached out to the City of Malibu’s Recreation Supervisor Kristin Riesgo, who mentioned that bands will be judged on a musicianship, stage presence, originality and audience response. Prizes will be awarded to the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place bands. She additionally noted that between 150-200 people, mostly teens, are expected to attend.

The bands set to perform include, Blue Angel, Dume, Flood Zone, Sposato Brothers Band, The Local Rebellion, and Trinity Rose.

Tickets will be sold for $5 at the door.  Riesgo told Canyon News that all attendees will receive a raffle ticket for a chance to win gift cards or prizes. Raffle prizes will be drawn randomly and distributed between performances.