Heartland Park gearing up for Festival of Speed Battle of the Bands

Josh Rouse

Heartland Park is usually synonymous with auto racing, but on Oct. 10 it will be the setting for a vicious battle.

The Festival of Speed Battle of the Bands will light up the Festival Stage with an all out assault of music from six bands. Registration for the Battle ends Sept. 25, and each band will play six songs with up to 30 minutes total to perform them.

Judging for the Battle will be based on musical quality and stage performance, determined by the judges, as well as crowd response. Each person coming through the door at the concert will get a ticket to put into one of six buckets that represent each band so the crowd has a voice in choosing the winner. Tickets will cost $5.

The winning band will receive a $500 snare drum and a $100 gift certificate provided by Supersonic Music in Topeka, as well as a $1000 cash prize.