'Band Fight,' comedy, country, movies planned at State

Skyler McCrary of Highway 55 will perform March 29 at the State Theatre as a part of the Guitars and Golf benefit.

Skyler McCrary of Highway 55 will perform March 29 at the State Theatre as a part of the Guitars and Golf benefit.

Carlton Fletcher

ALBANY — The State Theatre is looking for a few good bands.

Area musicians who think they’re ready to meet the challenge of their brethren (and sistren?) in guitars are challenged to put their music where their mouths are March 30 in the State’s first UBF ... Ultimate Band Fight.

“There’s going to be some MMA at this UBF,” said Chris Hayes, who with partners Lane Rosen and Sean Hatcher has revitalized the State as an entertainment venue. “That would be multiple musical acts ... in keeping with our theme of an ultimate band fight. We thought, ‘Why does it have to be a battle of the bands? Let’s make it a fight to the finish.’”

While Hayes spoke tongue-in-cheek, his interest clearly lay in coaxing three or four more area bands to compete for prizes that include $500 in cash and a future date playing at a State show. Entrants will play three songs during the competition, one of which must be an original composition.

“We’re going to judge the UBF based on quality of performance, stage presence and audience support,” Rosen said. “We’ll have the Uranium P-38 Crowd Modulator on hand to determine which band is getting the most support. We’ll also allow fans who come to the showdown to tell us ahead of time which bands they’re there to support.”

Band supporters and other music lovers will be admitted for $5. Entry fee for bands is $50.

To qualify for the UBF, contact Hayes at (678) 209-9661 or mail the entry fee to the State at 313 Pine Ave., Albany 31701. Information is also available at thestatetheater.com

The band showdown is one of several events planned in the next few days at the new and improved State. Comedy Night, featuring comedians Dennis Clark, Preacher Man, KJ and Albany’s own Robin Ann, is scheduled Saturday, starting at 8 p.m. All four performers have appeared on televised comedy shows on HBO, Comedy Central and BET.

The following Friday, March 29, rising country music star Cole Swindell and Georgia Country Music Association Band of the Year Highway 55 will appear as part of the Guitars and Golf benefit. Albany professional golfer Josh Broadaway will host his annual Crosshanded Classic Golf Tournament over that weekend featuring 44 teams from across the country, and Swindell, Highway 55 and special guest Travis Denning will provide the guitars at the State.

Part of the proceeds from the weekend will benefit the American Cancer Society.

Swindell has written such hits as Leesburg-born country superstar Luke Bryan’s “Shore Thing” and “Just a Sip,” Scotty McCreery’s “Water Tower Town” and Craig Campbell’s “Outta My Head.”

Tickets for the March 29 show, which are $10 in advance and $20 the day of the show, are available at Edwin Watts Golf in Lee County and Albany’s Harvest Moon restaurant.

The State’s ownership trio have also announced plans to start a “Ladies Free, Men Three (dollars)” first-Friday movie night at the 313 Pine Ave. venue. Starting April 5, local 18-over revelers are invited to watch a classic ‘80s movie at the State and afterward enjoy dancing to music of the era provided by DJ Billy Ocean.

Ladies get in free, men for $3, and any person who attends in ‘80s-era dress will get a free drink. Each first-Friday movie will be selected by socal media vote at www.facebook.com/thestatetheater.

Meanwhile, area wrestling fans can start gearing up for another Rumble at the State April 13 when the hit Showtime Wrestling returns. Already one of the hottest new shows in town, Showtime promoters promise new and exciting matches brewing for the fun family event.

“Everyone loves the wrestling shows at the State,” Hatcher said. “We can squeeze a few more people in, but the community is really getting into this fun and affordable entertainment opportunity.”