The Aristocrat of Bands Takes on Atlanta
The Aristocrat of Bands headed to Atlanta, Georgia on Thursday, Jan. 25, for the 16th annual Honda Battle of the Bands Invitational Showcase with this year’s theme being, “March On. Dream Together”. The AOB has been to Honda three times in the past four years.
In order to be a participate in the battle, bands from various historically black collages and universities are voted on and the top six contenders with the most votes are invited, along with two bands that have not been to Honda at all or very few times.
The Aristocrat of Bands practiced their performance since Thursday of the previous week, losing two days of practice because of the snow. Together they have created a brand new show in less than a week’s time and excitedly presented their show to all who were in attendance. This year, the AOB was the seventh band to perform, making this a prime-time spot, being very close to the end of the event.
The Honda Battle of the Bands was previously held in the Georgia Dome, but this year, it was housed at the Mercedes Benz Stadium, Atlanta new home of the Atlanta Falcons and Atlanta United FC. The stadium has as retractable roof and a maximum capacity of 71,000 people, but can be expanded to 75,000 for events such as the Super Bowl. The change in venue made for an exciting twist to the status quo.
The other bands that participated in the Honda Battle of the Bands included: Alabama A&M University, Prairie View A&M University, Alabama State University, North Carolina A&T State University, Hampton University, Miles College, and Bethune-Cookman College.