Out and about_ westmoreland cultural trust’s rock the palace battle of the bands _ triblive

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The Westmoreland Cultural Trust presented Rock the Palace at the Palace Theatre in Greensburg on April 2.

First place in the battle of the bands went to West Holliday Trip, followed by the Tim Litvin Band in second, and The Laurel in third. Other competitors were Brahctopus, JWP, Mark and the Wild Things, The Squirrel Hillbillies and We Were Telepathic.

The top two get to play TGIS (Thank Goodness It’s Summer) at the Palace, and West Holliday Trip will perform at the Westmoreland Arts and Heritage Festival on June 30.

Both groups received a promotional photo shoot with Erika Banks Photography and studio time at House of Rose Studios or Treelady Studios.

Keith Harrold was emcee. The judges were the audience, Bobby Boyle and Ned Stokes with the Bad Boy Blues Band, Shirley Dragovich with Gashouse Annie and Diane Shrader, director of the Arts and Heritage Festival.

We Were Telepathic’s drummer Michael Braun talked with some fans from Pittsburgh: Anna Snelbaker, Ryan Aikman, Ginny Riccardi and Stephanie Goetz.

Braun said WCT event coordinator Kelli Brisbane and crew were “fantastic” to work with, and his band enjoyed “the beautiful venue and a little bit of star treatment.”

Guest performer Jessica Saenz said that, since winning last year, she has signed with a manager and will be releasing an EP this summer.

— Dawn Law

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