Industrial Music

Not every garage combo is made up of scruffy teens in saggy jeans. Lots of part-time musicians who wear suits from nine to five yearn to rock, too — and the Battle of the Corporate Bands, which plugs in tonight at the Boulder Outlook Hotel, is designed just for them.

According to Outlook spokesman Dan King, the contest concept came together last year. "These guys from Celestial Seasonings approached me looking for a place to play, and that got our wheels turning," he says. A band dubbed the Hip Replacements kicks off this year's edition, with other groups taking the Outlook stage on Fridays through mid-spring. Judges charged with evaluating each performance will decide who wins prizes (including $500), as well as another gig — which may be the best reward of all.

The Battle begins at 7:30 p.m. at the hotel, 800 28th Street; admission is free. Get details at 303-443-3322 or www.boulderoutlook.com.
Fridays, 7:30-10 p.m., 2007

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Michael Roberts has written for Westword since October 1990, serving stints as music editor and media columnist. He currently covers everything from breaking news and politics to sports and stories that defy categorization.
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