Regional band Days Taken is set to compete Friday for the Battle for Pointfest II Finals at Pop’s Nightclub and Concert Venue in Sauget, Ill.

Pointfest II is a popular rock festival featuring 29 bands Aug. 14 at
Verizon Wireless Amphitheater, and a Battle for Pointfest II contest is held each year to showcase unsigned regional talent.

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Charlie Scarber, lead-singer of Days Taken, answered questions about the experience below:

CONTEST PREPARATION
“Other than writing new material, we’ve been trying to spend every practice making sure that our music is as tight as it could possibly be. Also, we have been deciding what songs to play and what set arrangement will give the best overall show for the crowd.”

THE FINALS
“Unlike the preliminaries, both of the stages at Pop’s will be in use for the finals. The first band will start on the side stage and as soon as they finish the second band will already be set and ready to go. That rotation will continue throughout the night making for as much nonstop music as you can stand.
Jason Rottler from Archfront Media explained that the first Pointfest had three rounds, whereas the second one only has two because of a limited time frame. Normally all the winners from the finals would earn a spot at Pointfest on the Pop’s side stage and the band that won the grand finals gets to open the main stage, but for Pointfest II, they are cutting out the grand finals and deciding all in one night who gets side or main stage.”

COMPETING
“The feeling is indescribable. Just like any other band, this is what we’ve wanted to do since we were kids and even the opportunity to try for that level and that stage is an honor and hopefully a turning point.”

POSSIBILITIES
“Aside from getting to share a stage with an amazing roster of bands and getting the huge level of exposure, there is talk of the winning band also getting some recording time but I’ve heard nothing concrete.”

THE FANS

“The root of all of this though is the fans. Without a fan getting us connected with Archfront Media, without them loving what we play and learning the words to every song we wouldn’t be where we are today. No matter how great a musician you are, it doesn’t matter if no one cares about what you’re doing. So I definitely have to thank all of our fans past, present and future because they are the heart and soul of Days Taken.”

Jessica Martin
jmartin@whig.com