Heartbeat: Daddy Real's The Real Thing 

Battles of the Bands are like a cold - infectious, common and sometimes you get to stay home from work because of them. Well, you only really get to skip work if you've won one and are now a famous, touring artist, but it's possible!

Daddy Real, a new entertainment conglomerate headquartered on Indy's Northside, is hosting its own version of a Battle of the Bands, and it's doing it big. Big as in many weeks, many contestants, and many many prizes. The ultimate winner will win a recording contract and promotional package with the company, a cash prize and other perks.

I was a judge for the Daddy Real "The Real Thing" competition last Monday. I saw a lot: a nine-year-old tearin' it up on ballads, a band of not-yet 17-year-olds banging out Weezer-y choruses and Jaecyn Bayne tearing up a track about family gatherings.

So what I'm saying is, although the competition may be stiff with all of the talent in Indy, you'd really be a fool not to enter this Battle. Preliminary qualifications are happening every Monday evening at Daddy Real's The Place at 6 p.m. throughout the next several weeks. The finalists will perform for a live audience at the Madame Walker Theatre in early May.Find more information here.

They're also having a grand opening event for The Place this Friday, featuring the Desa Records-signed Hero Jr. and The Steepwater Band. Food and drink specials abound, and yes, you can still sign up for their competition there.

You can check out a DIY vid from Daddy Real artist (just one of his many projects in Indianapolis) Rusty Redenbacher featuring the David Bowie track "Golden Years."

Katherine Coplen was not compensated for her time as a judge for this competition; she is simply blogging because she enjoyed the event.


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Katherine Coplen

Katherine Coplen

Always looking for my new favorite band. Always listening to my old ones, too. Always baking cakes. Always collecting rock and roll dad quotes.

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