Denver’s Redlands win 93.3’s Hometown for the Holidays
Ah, the holidays are here, breathing wholesome values like caring, sharing and love down our necks.
But cutthroat competition is far more beautiful and fun. That’s why Channel 93.3 (KTCL-FM) graced us once again with its Hometown for the Holidays battle of the bands.
This time around, Redlands was crowned the winner after riffing it out against finalists Iolite and Pandas & People on Dec. 17 at Summit Music Hall. The band joins past winners like Churchill, My Body Sings Electric and 888.
Tenacity, if not great tunes, propelled Denver’s Redlands to the top. After forming in Grand Junction, the little-known indie rock quartet has been hustling since 2013. It’s finally paid off with their win, which nets them a chance to play 93.3’s Not So Silent Night 2017, recording time at The Blasting Room and a spot on stage at the 2017 Westword Music Showcase. Meanwhile, Fort Collins folk outfit Pandas & People received $1,000 and maybe a few hugs as the live performance winner.
The losers were banished from ever playing in Colorado again. Nah, just kidding. But it would have been nice if 93.3 shook it up with an impromptu snowball fight among the musicians, giving third place artists one final chance at glory.
There’s always next year.
Denver’s Redlands won 93.3’s 2016 Hometown for the Holidays battle of the bands competition. Photo by Noemi Gonzalez, provided by Redlands