Pizzastock band event supports Upper Room

COURTESY PHOTOPizzastock 2.5, a battle of the bands, is Dec. 30 at the Tupelo Music Hall in Derry. The event will support The Upper Room, a Family Resource Center in Derry. Here, band Turner performs and is slated to kick off the list of bands lined up for the musical event.

DERRY — It's a battle of the bands that will drum up some great support for a local family resource center.

Pizzastock 2.5 — Battle of the Bands is Sunday, Dec. 30, 1 to 4:40 p.m. at the Tupelo Music Hall, 10A Street in Derry.

All proceeds go to support The Upper Room, a Family Resource Center in Derry.

The afternoon event features house band Turner, with four battling bands taking the stage including Afterimage, Fourth Degree, Girl Scout Cookies and Rebuff.

Judges for the event will be blues performing artist Brian Templeton and percussionists Joe Rizzo and Tim O’Connell.

Pizzastock was launched in 2017 as a way to honor the memory of Jason Flood, a Derry teen that died in November 2016. The Flood family wanted to connect with local youth musicians and also honor the teen's memory.

Now in its second year, Pizzastock is expanding its reach by bringing even more bands together and providing community nonprofits a forum to openly discuss mental health issues and suicide prevention.

Pizzastock will also host community partners in mental health and substance abuse — The Upper Room, the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), the South Central Public Health Network, and Center for Life Management — will be on hand during the event to offer information and resources for mental health and suicide prevention.

“This event has a different take than our summer open-air Pizzastock event by providing a competitive battle of the bands format at the great Tupelo Music Hall,” said Pizzastock founder Douglas Flood. “We wanted to give these amazing local youth bands the experience of playing on a professional stage. Our partners at Tupelo graciously donated their facility with all of the benefits of amazing sound, lights and crew. To round out the event, the competition features three musical experts as judges and will give bragging rights for the winner."

The bands taking the Tupelo stage hail from all areas of the region.

Afterimage comes direct from Keene Stage College, and features Griffin Roprey, vocals; Casey Daron, bass/vocals; Jason Coburn, keyboards and Andy LeCuyer, drums.

Fourth Degree started on New Year's Day in 2018 and is made up of Tate Pinyochon, guitar; Tommie Wood, Drums, Jake Judgins, keyboards/vocals, and Ryan Geary, bass, sound effects.

Girl Scout Cookies is a three-piece indie pop punk band from Tewksbury, Mass. The band's latest release on EP is “Out of My Head,” now available on all streaming platforms. Band members are Roy Mallach, guitar/vocals; Anthony Sullivan, drums and Cory Kinchla on bass.

The band Rebuff features Ricky Shay on vocals; Jason Jarek, lead guitar; Aaron Noj, drums, and Sandy Noel (Noel Stoncius). House band, Turner, is a four-piece post-hardcore band hailing from Portland, Maine.

Turner’s music brings influence from many different genres including heavy metal to rhythm and blues. Turner is made up of Zach Davis, vocals; Brandon Poli, bass; Cameron Stewart, drums, and Treavor Legassie, guitar. 

Judges for the battle of the bands competition includes a wide variety of renowned musicians and educators.

Templeton is a blues musician with a reputation as being on of Boston's most dynamic performers; Rizzo is a professional drummer and instructor at Manchester Music Hill. His band, Soul Mate Band, has toured the country extensively; O’Connell is drummer for the award-winning band, Gretchen and the Pickpockets is also a drum instructor at Guitar Center in Portsmouth. 

Tickets for the event are $10 each available at TupeloMusicHall.com. Interested businesses and individuals wanting to sponsor the event or contribute in-kind donations can contact event coordinators at 247-3027 or by visiting pizzastock.org, the event page on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/Pizzastock, the Jason Flood Memorial page at www.Facebook.com/JasonFlood, or through the Upper Room’s website at URTeachers.org. For additional information, contact Doug Flood at 432-4726. 

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