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Eden Corn Festival Battle of the Bands ends in a rain-related draw as thunderstorms cancel show

Dark Horse Run played a run of country cover songs, during the Eden Corn Festival Battle of the Bands on Aug. 2.
EDEN — Local musicians went microphone to drumstick at the Eden Corn Festival’s Battle of the Bands at 2 p.m. on Aug. 2.

In the competition, a series of bands set up to play brief sets of about five songs each, with votes determining which band would take home the cash prize.

Dark Horse Run kicked off the battle on the fair’s Stage A inside the Legion Baseball Field with a run of country cover songs such as Bob Dylan’s “Wagon Wheel,” Miranda Lambert’s “White Liar” and the Doobie Brothers’ “Jesus Is Just Alright.”

The second group to hit the stage was the three-piece rock and blues outfit, Highland Garage, who played a set comprised mostly of original material, including the song “54/40,” and three selections that singer Nolan referred to as the band’s “Country Girl Trilogy.”

Brimstone Blondes, a garage rock band from Buffalo, got interrupted by thunderstorms, during the corn festival’s Battle of the Bands.

Third on the afternoon’s lineup was Parker House Road, a punk and heavy metal band hailing from Rochester, N.Y. The four-piece group went on to perform a set full of their own compositions, including songs “Another Night,” “Numb the Pain” and their finale, “Midnight.”

Highland Garage hit the stage with rock and blues originals, during the Eden Corn Fest battle of the bands.

Brimstone Blondes, a Buffalo-based garage rock band was the fourth group to take the stage with an energetic mix of original material.

After reaching their third song however, the band’s set was interrupted by heavy rain and thunder storms. Tarps were thrown over the sound equipment, and officials announced that the competition was canceled due to weather, and the prize money was split evenly between all the participants.

Parker House Road, a punk and heavy metal group from Rochester, competed fourth, at the Eden Corn Festival battle.

To find more information about the performers and hear music from the bands that took the stage during the Eden Corn Festival battle of the bands event, visit Dark Horse Run’s website at, the Parker House Road website at and the Brimstone Blondes website at


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