Over the years, I have heard of and seen my fair share of Battle of the Bands. But artists battling onstage while bands play? You certainly don’t see that too often. On Tuesday, January 14th at The Belly Up, On Point Promotions is promoting a Live Art Battle where four artists will battle for 100 minutes during live musical performances by The Devastators, Brothers Gow, The Tarr Steps.
On Point’s owner Scott Clayton describes his first experience with this style of battle of the bands:
“It was with artist Al Scholl, and he was on stage painting to the reggae bands The Skatalites & The Devastators, just painting to the beats. It was amazing…the piece and the experience. I ended up buying the painting – I
couldn’t help myself. Al is a great artist.”
Scholl is, in fact, a fantastic artist. Self-taught, he has painted alongside reggae bands such as The Skatalites, Big Mountain, Black Seeds, The Devastators, Stranger, Sunny Rude, Stick Figure, Zig Zag Jones, HI Roots, Roots Covenant, J.A.M. KwesT, Shoreline Rootz, High Tide, and many more.
“All of the artists are hand-picked by Al” explains Clayton. “I trust his vision and just hand over that side of the event to him. I took care of the bands, picking some of my favorite acts that I felt would fit the feel of the night.” At the end of the show, the audience will pick the winner based on the old “who gets the most cheers” system with the winning artist rewarded with gift certificates and art supplies.
Clayton started booking shows back in 2008. “It was just for fun at first; I would go to the [local] clubs and ask myself, ‘Where are all the locals?’” A few clubs started letting me book two bands a month and from there it just happened to become a job.” Since then, Clayton has done his best to keep live music happening in North County, sometimes booking up to 80 shows a month.
Also worth mentioning is that, aside from the Live Art Battle, there might just be another battle going on that night, this one involving people lining up to buy On Point’s main man a drink. Scott Clayton will be celebrating his birthday Tuesday night and the event will definitely have a “family show” feel. Attending Tuesday night’s art-meets-music battle, with this local promoter’s birthday celebration as an added bonus, is a great way to support San Diego’s thriving local art and music scene. It’s also the perfect opportunity to witness and get involved with something really cool that you just don’t see every day. Come out and show some love!
LIVE ART BATTLE
Belly Up Tavern
Tuesday, January 14
Doors at 7pm
$9/advanced, $11/day of
Hosted by Carlos Culture w/DJ Man Cat