Nine bands representing high schools from around the metro area will compete at this year's High School Battle of the Bands from 2 to 6 p.m. April 9 at Californos, 4124 Pennsylvania Ave. This event is presented by Kansas City Academy.
Here's the line up:
• Minor Issues: Blue Valley High School, Rockhurst High School, Blue Valley Northwest and Southwest.
• Half Passed Freckles: Pembroke Hill School, Shawnee Mission, Paseo Academy.
• Stranger Tides: Lee's Summit High School, Independence Middle School, Shawnee Mission Middle School.
• Eyes in the Dark: Kansas City Christian School.
• Thursday Night Band: Pembroke Hill School, Raytown Middle School, Grandview High School, Grandview Christian School, Heartland High School.
• Porch Light Prophecy: Shawnee Mission East, St. James Academy.
Hammerhedd: St. Ann's, Rockhurst High School).
• American Slim: This band took second place and secured a spot at the Middle of the Map Festival in May.
• Shades of Blue: St. James Academy, Blue Valley Southwest, Platte County High School, Rockhurst High School, Blue Valley West.
To learn more about the musicians and their music, visit High School Battle of the Bands on Facebook.