Newsday's Battle of the Bands: Meet the judges

+-

After more than 80 local bands shared their original songs, thousands of fan votes narrowed Newsday's Battle of the Bands Contest to the Top 10 finalists.

So who chose the winner?

Judging the finalists based on the originality and quality of their music, a panel of industry insiders listened, debated and eventually came to a consensus to crown the greatest music group rocking Nassau and Suffolk.

Click here to meet the Battle of the Bands winner, who receives a professionally filmed music video and a band profile in Newsday.

Click here to see the Top 10 finalists.

Click here to see all the Battle of the Bands contestants.

Click here to read the contest rules, and get to know the judges below.

Glenn Gamboa

Bio: Glenn is Newsday's music critic. He's been
(Credit: Glenn Gamboa)

Bio: Glenn is Newsday's music critic. He's been writing about music for 30 years, as well as booking, promoting, roadie-ing, and even performing the occasional show over the years.
Favorite bands: The Beatles, R.E.M., Afghan Whigs, Fleetwood Mac, Nirvana
Best concert/music-related memory: "Nine Inch Nails played the tiny Empire Club in Cleveland on Aug. 4, 1990, just when they were hitting it big. They were the hometown conquering heroes that had been hailed by the rest of the world and people packed in so tight to celebrate that I don't think my feet touched the floor for the whole show. It was the musical equivalent of the Cavaliers championship parade."

Mike DelGuidice

Bio: Mike (pictured left, with Billy Joel) is
(Credit: Newsday / John Paraskevas)

Bio: Mike (pictured left, with Billy Joel) is a guitarist in Billy Joel's band, leader of the Joel tribute band Big Shot and a solo singer/songwriter.
Favorite bands: Bee Gees, Rush, Chicago, Led Zeppelin, Fleetwood Mac, The Eagles, Little River Band
Best concert/music-related memory: "That's easy. The Paramount (Oct. 16, 2013) - first night ever playing with Billy Joel."

Kaydi Pelletier

Bio: Kaydi is Newsday.com's Entertainment News Manager. She
(Credit: Kaydi Pelletier)

Bio: Kaydi is Newsday.com's Entertainment News Manager. She has covered the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Long Island Music Hall of Fame, "American Idol" and "The X Factor" auditions on LI, and many more local music and other entertainment events for Newsday.
Favorite bands (artists): Taking Back Sunday, Beyonce, Pearl Jam, Third Eye Blind, Miranda Lambert
Best concert/music-related memory: "Beyonce at Citi Field in June. I cried three times."

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISE HERE

Steve Briody

Bio: Steve is a Long Island-based guitarist who's
(Credit: Steve Briody)

Bio: Steve is a Long Island-based guitarist who's had commercial success with his solo CD as well as a composition that appeared on the #1 album of sax great Eric Alexander. He is the author of the publication "Jazz Guitar Lines of the Greats," and enjoys being a music professor at Five Towns College in Dix Hills.
Favorite bands (artists): Eric Clapton, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Steely Dan, Foo Fighters, Led Zeppelin
Best concert/music-related memory: "One of the very first concerts I attended was of the rock band Chicago. I remember having not yet heard anything like it -- pop songs involving rock guitar and jazz-like horn section.... exciting to hear that!"

Andy Edelstein

Bio: Andy is Newsday's Entertainment Editor, a lifelong
(Credit: Newsday)

Bio: Andy is Newsday's Entertainment Editor, a lifelong music fan, who in addition to writing for dozens of music publications, covered the Long Island music scene for The New York Times and played bass in the legendary Franklin Square-based garage band, the Freewheelin' Ultimato.
Favorite bands: The Beatles, The Clash, The Ramones, Beastie Boys, Led Zeppelin
Best concert/music-related memory: "Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin together, two years before they died -- at the Singer Bowl in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, now part of the USTA National Tennis Center."

David J. Criblez

Bio: Dave has been an active music journalist
(Credit: David J. Criblez)

Bio: Dave has been an active music journalist since 1985 writing for publications such as the Island Ear, Good Times Magazine and Newsday, interviewing artists such as Ozzy Osbourne, Stevie Nicks, Eddie Van Halen, Steven Tyler of Aerosmith, Gene Simmons of KISS, Slash, Billy Joel, Jon Bon Jovi, Billy Joe Armstrong of Green Day, Jerry Lee Lewis, Meat Loaf and many others. He also runs his own Van Halen podcast, "Dave & Dave Unchained."
Favorite bands: The Rolling Stones, Van Halen, John Mellencamp, Led Zeppelin, The Police
Best concert/music-related memory: "In August of 1994, I went to see John Mellencamp at Jones Beach. I was dancing in the third row when Mellencamp pulled me up on stage, handed me the mic and let me finish singing his hit, 'Hurts So Good.' I ran around the stage doing my best Mick Jagger impression as he sat on the drum riser laughing his head off. That night Mellencamp had a heart attack and canceled the rest of the tour. To this day my wife thinks it was my fault."

Enter your email address to subscribe to the Entertainment newsletter

Related Media

From left, Oak & Ash drummer Bryan Garbe, Newsday's Battle of the Bands winner debuts single Oak & Ash band members scope out The Battle of the Bands behind-the-scenes photos Omega, a rock band from Sayville, is among Battle of the Bands: Meet the Top 10 finalists

Comments

Newsday.com now uses Facebook for our comment boards. Please read our guidelines and connect your Facebook account to comment.