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The Battle of the Bands is back and better than ever. For the third year running, New York bands will have the opportunity to bring the house down at the 2,100-seat Colden Auditorium at Queens College’s Kupferberg Center for the Arts. Queens Library seeks to foster the musical talents of emerging bands in Queens and New York City.

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Thursday, July 27 @ 7 pm
Queens College, Colden Auditorium at the Kupferberg Center for the Arts

We’re excited to introduce this year’s Battle of the Bands MC and host with the most – rapper

Born and raised in Coney Island, Brooklyn, Torae’s career has spanned several parts of the hip hop industry: he’s been a rapper, radio personality, and actor – you name it, he’s done it. Read more.

Battle of the Bands Contestant Spotlight

Global Warming

That’s right, it’s Global Warming! Keen observers of the Battle of the Bands will remember them from last AND from the year before - the first year of the competition. Read more.

Raging Phoenix

Raging Phoenix deliver heavy metal at its best: with serious riffs, a tight rhythm section, and love of the metal pioneers that came before them. Read more.


Summer Haze

They’re back to battle it out for round 2: say hello to Summer Haze, veterans of the competition who will once again treat the audience to an array of punk bangers. Read more.

Apollo 4

Meet Battle of the Bands contestants Apollo 4! The Bayside High School students first appeared on each other’s radars when David Landau and guitarist Christian Merano met at a spring concert. Read more.

Dirty Spoons

Dirty Spoons is a young band fresh out of Brooklyn with a unique sound and a strong social conscience. They’ve honed their live performance skills at the Save Our Streets talent show, the Best of Bed-Stuy talent, the DYCD Decades talent show, and several more. Read more.

Metal Hawks

Metal Hawks is a young hard rock and heavy metal band from Long Island. The band is led by bass-playing frontman, Ryan Daversa, accompanied by John Barry on guitar, and Alex Hertler on the drums. Read more.

Rock out to Queens' hottest emerging bands,


The Battle of the Bands is made available through the generous support of Kupferberg Center for the Arts at Queens College.