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 Participating Bands


Foreign Trees (Alternative Rock)

Foreign Trees is a four-piece alternative rock band based in Harlem, NYC comprised of Grayson McCarthy (vocals/guitar), Victor Picini (guitar), Mike Tirado (drums/vocals) and Zoltan (bass/vocals).  Zoltan is a bass player raised in Hell's Kitchen. He is a guitar and bass instructor. Michael Tirado’s musical story began when his parents bought him the video game Rock Band. Grayson McCarthy studies audio engineering and music production at City College of New York. Victor Picini‘s interest began with the TV show Drake & Josh, where he was inspired by Drake Bell’s character.  The band combines each member’s unique approach to create an energetic, soulful sound. The quartet produces pop rock jams influenced by The Killers, Green Day, Counting Crows, and The Black Keys. Performances have included The Bitter End and Shrine World Music Venue. Check out their first single “Honestly” here and learn more on their social media pages: Bandcamp, Youtube, Facebook, and Instagram.


trickBlue (Punk Rock)

trickBlue is a punk rock band consisting of Johanna Mei Wolfgram, Griffin Ty Backer, Shalit Maitrechit, and Bryan Moreno. Johanna was a part of Manhattan Girls Chorus for five years, performing at Carnegie Hall and with numerous celebrities. Griffin was previously the lead singer and rhythm guitarist for So Yesterday and has released two solo EPs. Shalit is a self-taught guitar and bass player as well as vocalist who is part of the theater company at William Cullen Bryant High School. Bryan is a drummer who earned a gold award at NYSSMA as part of the senior band in Information Technology High School. trickBlue has been streamed more than 5,000 times on Spotify and released two EPs as well as a single since becoming a band in October 2017. Listen to them on their YouTube page, iTunes, Spotify and Bandcamp. You can also check them out on social media: Facebook and Instagram @trickbluenyc.


Attitude (Rock)

Attitude - brothers John & Alex Campos, Christian Marino, Anthony Bonavita, and sisters Mikaela and Angelina Tatsis – formed in 2016, performing at a fundraiser benefitting the Ronald McDonald House. Attitude’s members are childhood friends who also know each other from music school. John and Alex Campos (guitar and bass guitar) began playing classical piano at age five and have performed on stage at Revolution, The Knitting Factory, and Carnegie Hall. Christian Marino (drums) has played drums for four years and attends the Roslyn School of Rock. He cites Dave Grohl and John Bonham as influences. Angelina and Mikaela Tatsis (vocals) have been performing, singing, and songwriting since they could speak and play piano and guitar. Both study at NYC’s top performing arts high schools. Anthony Bonavita (guitar) has been playing for three years and is a huge fan of Van Halen.

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