June 10, 2005

Soul Incision rocks on in ‘Battle of the Bands’

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Soul Incision is moving on to the regional qualifier for Fortune Magazine’s Battle of the Corporate Bands competition.
photo by Mary Knox Merrill

Soul Incision rocks on in ‘Battle of the Bands’

VUMC's own Soul Incision, featured recently in the May issue of House Organ, has made it to the regional level of competition in Fortune magazine's 2005 Battle of the Corporate Bands. The group, made up of Vanderbilt professionals, is one of 18 bands to make it to the regional level.

This year marks the fifth annual Battle. The final competition is held at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland in October after qualifying in various local and regional competitions. Soul Incision will compete at the Columbus, Ohio regional on July 16 and tickets are available online for $7 at Ticketmaster.com.

Two bands will be selected from three regional competitions, with one international band entry from Australia and one “at large” entry from one of the regional competitions.

The Fortune Battle of the Corporate Bands is a fund-raiser for music education programs, and it offers corporate bands from around the world the chance to compete and be honored by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Last year, eight finalists were chosen and the winner, Negative Feedback, was a corporate band from online trading giant eBay. In addition to naming one band as the winner, the Battle names best guitar, bass, keyboard, drums, horn, vocals and original song.

The nine-member Soul Incision ensemble plays a mix of Motown and soul classics, as well as party favorites from the ’60s, ’70s, and ’80s. The band has played at corporate parties for Capitol Records and BMI, as well as at Country in the Rockies. They will be releasing their new CD, “Wide Open,” at a release party on June 11 at the Mercy Lounge. Proceeds from the event will go to the Hospital Hospitality House.