Battle of the Bands Port Nocturnal

Sioux City band Port Nocturnal will compete alongside Edenforge, Winter Wayfarer, Would You Kindly? and Palmetto at Western Iowa Tech Community College's WITSTOCK.

Jim Lee, The Weekender

Prepare for battle.

Whoa! That sounds a little intense, doesn’t it? Well fret not, dear readers, for it’s only a battle of the music variety. More specifically, it’s the WITSTOCK Battle of the Bands.

Western Iowa Tech Community College’s annual outdoor music festival begins at 6 p.m. Friday (Sept. 15) at the Comet Crater, an area on college grounds. The free and family friendly event draws nearly 1,000 attendees every year, according to a Sept. 7 release.

In the event of bad weather, WITSTOCK will be moved indoors to the Rocklin Conference Center at the same time and date.

Five bands have been chosen to perform WITSTOCK in front and compete for $3,000 in cash prizes. Chosen bands include Edenforge, Winter Wayfarer, Port Nocturnal, Would You Kindly? and Palmetto. Awards will be announced following the last group’s performance.

WITSTOCK will include free Coca Cola for guests while supplies last, as well as free food provided by Tyson and prepared by Famous Dave’s. No smoking or alcohol is permitted at the WITCC festival; however the public can bring coolers with non-alcoholic beverages. Attendees are encouraged by coordinators to pack lawn chairs and blankets.

Other activities have been scheduled for WITSTOCK visitors to make use of. Kid’s inflatables, a car bash benefitting Susan G. Komen, a guitar raffle provided by Ray’s Midbell Music and more will be available.

Guests also have a chance to purchase raffle tickets to win WITCC’s Chevrolet Corvette, which had been restored by the school’s automotive programs. The winner will be drawn at WITSTOCK.

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