Mac and Juice Quartet Wins 2013 Band Together “Last Band Standing”

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Rock/Jam fusion band bests three other groups in 3rd annual “battle of the bands”

Raleigh, N.C. — Last Saturday, music fans packed Lincoln Theatre to cheer on their favorite local bands at Band Together’s 3rd annual “Last Band Standing,” the most philanthropic music competition in the Triangle. In the end, Wilmington-based Mac and Juice Quartet came out the victor, scoring $1,500 in cash and a coveted spot in the line-up for Band Together’s spring concert event.

Band Together NC is a Triangle-area organization that uses live music as a platform for social change. This year’s “Last Band Standing,” a prelude to the spring Band Together main event, raised more than $7,000 to benefit Band Together’s 2013 nonprofit partner, Tammy Lynn Center for Developmental Disabilities.

“This was a fantastic night – the biggest and best Last Band Standing yet,” said Matt Strickland, executive director of Band Together NC. “Big Fat Gap, Mac and Juice Quartet, The Beast and The Deluge eachperformed amazing sets, and we know the judges had a difficult time choosing our winner. In the end, we are so thrilled that Mac and Juice Quartetwas voted the Last Band Standing, and we are looking forward to having them back again at the spring concert event. Band Together is proud to support the local music scene, and we know that the musicians are what make our events such a success.”

“Tonight was an honor to be among such great musicians – and be a part of something that is for such a great cause,” said Brian “Juice” Raynor, of Mac and Juice Quartet. “We cannot wait to play at the Spring main event. It’s a tremendous opportunity and a dream come true for our band. We intend to make the very most of it.”

The winning band was selected by a panel of four local judges: Chris Malarkey, of Lincoln Theatre; Taylor Travesari, Manager for Red Hat Amphitheater; Sara Waters, Coordinator for Shakori Hills Grassroots Festival; and Evan Frazer, Senior Director of Premium Seat Sales for Live Nation. In the event of a tie by the judges, the winner would have been determined through a combination of the audience vote and, new this year, an online voting contest hosted by Band Together’s media partner, NBC 17.

Band Together also wishes to thank the generous sponsors for the event: Bella Monica Restaurant, Capstrat, R.A. Jeffreys, Radio 96.1, Better Business Bureau of Eastern NC, Pool Professionals of the Carolinas, Lunsford & Strickland P.A., StrikeIron and Capital Investment Companies. A special thank you was extended to Leadership Raleighfor their tremendous efforts as well as NBC 17, Band Together’s media partner.

Last year’s Band Together main event, headlined by iconic cosmic rockers the-B-52s, attracted more than 4,000 fans and raised more than $566,000 for Band Together’s 2012 nonprofit partner, Urban Ministries of Wake County. In the coming days, Band Together will announce the date and headline act for its 2013 show. This year, Band Together hopes to raise more than $850,000 for the Band Together partnership with Tammy Lynn Center for Developmental Disabilities.

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