by Elke Mermis
Louisiana Street Band, a KU-based band named after the street in Lawrence, is the national champion of U Rock! Battle for the Best Band, a contest sponsored by General Mills. The six-man band includes four KU students (Evan Epperson, John-Marc Skoch, Bradley Feagan and Austin Quick) and two Baker University students (Scott Marks and Nate Deel).
According to a press release from the university, the band describes its sound as "Boots in a subway station. Howling at the moon. The rage of a thousand fiery hell-beasts. Wagon wheels crossing dew-laden grass ..."
The band, which formed in 2009, plays blues, rock, jazz and funk. After winning a contest on campus, the band was entered into a national contest, and it placed in the top three. Louisiana Street Band won last month in Los Angeles; the prize: 19 hours of professional studio time at Firehouse Studios. Check out the band's EP here. Congrats, guys.