Teen Battle of the Bands

Teen Battle of the Bands Year 2

Come join us at our 2nd Annual Teen Battle of the Bands! The event will take place at the Tower Road Branch on Saturday, May 18 from 2 to 4 p.m. We will have Marley The Messenger as MC. The competition will be judged by a group of local artists and musicians.

Teen Musicians Apply Here

Participants must be between the ages of 12-18. Each artist/group is limited to playing 2-3 songs, with a maximum of ten minutes to perform.

All participants must turn in a completed application (the application will serve as a liability waiver and as a release allowing the Alachua County Library District to mention artist/band names in event marketing). Groups will not be accepted without an application from each participant.

Performance time is limited, and bands will be notified during the first week of May as to their place on the lineup or waiting list.

2024 Judges

Purple Kloud, Nadya Nguyen, and Leni from MADWOMAN

Prizes: A prize will be awarded to both the winning group and soloist.  Both winners will receive studio time at the Heartwood Soundstage.

Thank you to our sponsor, Heartwood Soundstage!

Heartwood Soundstage

Any questions or concerns can be sent to Library Specialist, Sofia, through email.

The First Year

Teen Band In Full Swing

Winners: In Full Swing

Battle of the Bands - Year 1

Teen Battle of the Bands began with the first competition in 2023 at the Tower Road Branch.

Winners: In Full Swing

Teen Band In Full Swing

Judges: Sky Luca$; Jernie; and Leni from MADWOMAN

Sky Lucas, Jernie Millan, and Leni from MADWOMAN


Check out more pictures from Teen Battle of the Bands: Year 1

Thanks to audio engineer Raphdidit, community partner MusicGNV, Eastside Audio for the sound equipment, We Rock Gainesville for the amps, instruments, and drum sets, and Heartwood Soundstage for the winner's prize of free studio time. 

The audio engineer, judges, and library specialist

Teen Music Maker Series

Teen Music Maker is a monthly program series hosted at the Tower Road Branch. Teens, ages 12 to 18, are invited to work alongside local musicians, including Marley The Messenger, as they learn to create, record, and edit music using Ableton Live.

Upcoming topics include:

  • Music Making Productivity
  • Hacks, Tricks, and Secrets of Recording
  • Reggae Remix Session

Book & Music List


Gainesville Punk: A History of Bands & Music

Matt Walker

Known for The Fest, Less Than Jake and Hot Water Music, Gainesville became a creative hub in the 1980s and '90s for many of punk rock's greats.

Whether playing at the Hardback or wild house parties, earnest acts like Against Me!, Spoke and Roach Motel all emerged and thrived in the small northern Florida city. Radon burst onto the scene with chaotic energy while Mutley Chix helped inspire local torchbearers No Idea Records. Through this succinct history, author Matt Walker traces each successive generation's contributions and amplifies the fidelity of the Gainesville scene.

Check out music and books about Gainesville's local music scene.

Local Artist Spotlight

Read interviews with Gainesville's local artists and check out their collection recommendations:

Marley The Messenger

Purple Kloud

Jernie Millan

Israel Jones


Sky Luca$