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11th Annual Battle Of The Ad Bands At Joe’s On Weed St Coming Up May 9

How can a band wow a crowd with just a few songs? Three advertising agency musical groups will do just that by playing half-hour sets at the 11th annual Battle For Hope on May 9th at Joe’s on Weed St. A panel of judges will announce a winner at the end, but the truth is that everyone gets something out of the industry’s most rocking yearly spectacle.

Each of the competing bands are made up of people who work for the same agency, so there’s a lot of spirited home-team cheers from coworkers, family and friends during the sets. Expressions of support have included customized t-shirts, foot-long glow tubes and gigantic band-member headshots.

Performers have also been known to leap off the stage and into the crowd.

A professional panel of judges determine the winner by totaling points awarded in four categories. Musicianship and performance are each worth up to 15 points; audience reaction and the “x-factor” are worth up to five.

 

THE HOPE
The Battle For Hope was founded in 2013 by Plus Company CTO Sujal Patel, 16 On Center Senior Marketing Manager Kris English, and Accenture Managing Director Simon Kissler (all of whom worked for Digitas at the time). Besides establishing itself as a worthy musical showcase, the event has become a notable fundraiser for Off The Street Club’s Camp Mathieu in Wheaton.

Every summer, kids from Chicago enjoy bonfires, swimming, bike rides and more thanks in part to the Battle For Hope, which has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for the facility to date.


 

THE LINEUP
EDELMAN’S THE CIRCLE BACKS
EPSILON’S LCA SOUNDSYSTEM
FCB’S CONSOLIDATED FEEDBACK

The band Illinois Joy featuring members from Havas and FCB will open the show.

 

THE VENUE
For the past decade, The Cubby Bear has been the Battle For Hope’s standing-room-only venue. The location offered not only a starter home but also “dedication and tireless efforts” to help lay a foundation for the event’s ongoing and impactful fundraising efforts. “I want to extend my sincerest gratitude to the Cubby Bear,” says Patel.

This year’s Battle will take place at Joe’s On Weed St. “Their passion and enthusiasm align perfectly with our mission,” Patel continues, “and I am excited to see the positive impact we will create together for the children of Off The Street Club.” 

 

THE SET LISTS
In addition to musical ability and stage presence, song selection is crucial. Party anthems, club tracks, disco favorites, hard rockers, pop toppers and even easy listeners are not unheard of. 

Past sets have included covers by ACDC, A-Ha, the Backstreet Boys, the Beastie Boys, Bon Jovi, Pat Benatar, David Bowie, Childish Gambino, Green Day, Faith No More, Foreigner, Heart, Kanye West, Elle King, Muse, Nathaniel Rateliff, Outkast, Prince, Queen, Rihanna, the Smashing Pumpkins, Twisted Sister and Toto. 

That’s right: Toto. 

 

THE HIGHLIGHTS

 

THE TICKETS
For tickets to the 2024 Battle For Hope, click here.

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