Paradox Saints took home the trophy and $1,000 prize as winners of the Shake the Lake for Vets Sake Battle of the Bands yesterday afternoon at King Neptune’s Pub in Lake George. The Saratoga Springs band competed with four other groups at the annual event that showcases rising talents. This is the third year for the event, which is a fundraiser for Adirondack Vets House.
School of Rock students, forming the band Party ON, warmed up the audience with an impressive set list. The young rockers tackled “Boulevard of Broken Dreams,” “Seven Nation Army” and “T.N.T” to the cheers of an enthusiastic crowd.
Granville band One for the Road opened competition with classic rock. Also competing were Glens Falls band Squanch!, Lake George’s Iüdica, the Ryan Clark Band, also from Lake George, and this year’s winner, Paradox Saints. A panel of five judges, drawn from diverse segments of the music industry, awarded points based on a pre-determined matrix. (full disclosure: The Lake George Examiner held a seat on the judging panel.) A total score of 200 points represented a perfect card. The competition was tight. King Neptune’s owner and Shake the Lake host Sean Quirk noted that only six points separated the top two bands.
Shake the Lake for Vets Sake raises funds for Adirondack Vets House of Glens Falls. Adirondack Vets House assists homeless and at-risk veterans in Warren, Washington and Northern Saratoga County with transitional housing and other support. The fundraising efforts included a silent auction, a 50/50 raffle and a Shake the Lake for Vets Sake motorcycle ride led by the Leathernecks MC Revolution Chapter. Approximately 30 riders joined in this year’s ride, which left from the Leathernecks’ Clubhouse in South Glens Falls at 1 p.m. and traveled to Lake George, arriving at Shake the Lake around 4 p.m.