Kamikaze Rock n' Roll Competion declares rock champion

By KBJR News 1

December 9, 2013 Updated Dec 9, 2013 at 1:19 AM CDT


Twin Ports musicians faced off in the 11th annual Rock n' Roll Kamikaze competition.

The music challenge takes local musicians and pairs them together randomly to create a band of 5 to 7 people.

They have approximately one month to hone their variety of skills and engage in a rock battle.

"Most of the people in my band were strangers. I have worked with some in the past but most I had never met before...It's really exciting because basically you don't know how you're going to mesh with people you don't really know what's going to happen so it's kind of just flying by the seat of your pants and seeing what happens as a band," says Ryan Nelson drummer for Honeyhorse, the winner of Kamikaze 2013.

Creater of the event Heiko Edwardson says he wanted to see more unity within the Duluth music community.

Each group get 15 minutes on stage to wow the judges.

"You practice with your band you meet new people, you play 15 minutes on stage for prizes and bragging rights."

Rick McClain is a Kamikaze first timer. He says practice with a new band was challenging but the group eventually fell in sync with one another.

And that practice paid off. Honeyhorse received a variety of prizes including a 150 dollar gift certificate to Lake ave café, 100 dollars for Canal Park Brewery, a golden trophy and of course...bragging rights.

"It's just a great way for musicians in town to get together and play with people they may never have played with before."

"You're never going to have to worry about people not coming to the rock and roll kamikaze, it's always a packed house and it's always a lot of fun," adds Nelson.

Bands member names are pulled out of a box at random on the last Sunday in October each year.

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