July 2 saw the second round of competition for Band Battle 9, with six more bands competing for a spot in the finals and a chance at the $2,500 top prize. It was a night of diverse talent, featuring spectacular performances ranging from Within Our Gates’ intense metal thunder (complete with their own light show) to Fire In The River’s charming indie folk set. Carousel Rogues, Last Second Left, and Tarfu rounded out tonight’s competitors with refreshingly unique alternative and indie rock performances, but in the end we had our winner in Simone and the Spectrum. Coming off of their April show at Jammin’ Java, the group played a solid performance, filling the venue with front woman Simone Sattler’s beautiful voice and will advance to the finals round in August. Check out these sample pictures from round 2 below, or click here to see the full gallery! Tonight is round 3, with six more competitors trying to cinch a spot in the finals. Join us at Jammin’ Java to see who advances! We’re going to take a break from the musical mayhem for the 4th of July, so we want to wish everyone a safe and happy holiday and invite you all to the final night of preliminary competition on Friday, July 5th!