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Limestone Festival Battle of the Bands

Nightwind / Rampage / Opus / Spirit / Qax Pistols


August 22, 1981
Concert Tags:


Courthouse Square


  • Master of Cermonies
    • Fast Freddie Fever (WNAP-FM Radio, Indianapolis)
  • Participating Bands:
    • Nightwind (Bloomington based)
    • Rampage (Bedford based)
      • Brad Abel (drums), Tom Pridemore (bass guitar), Alan Hamilton (guitar, vocals)
    • Opus (Evansville based)
      • Timm Deckert (bass guitar), Chris Sumrall (guitar), J Halburnt (lead vocal), Kevin Young (drummer)
    • Spirit (Bedford based)
      • Chris Waldo (guitar), Deanna Lumpe (lead vocals), Bill Turpen (bass guitar), David Clouse (keyboards), Kevin Young (drums)
    • Qax Pistols (Bloomington based)
      • J’M Babwe (lead singer), Roscoe David (drums), Frankie Camaro (lead guitar), Bint Rostage Jr. (bass guitar), Humlock Runstler (saxophone), Kirk Wood (keyboards)
  • Judges:
    • Randy Broadus (CBS Records Representative)
    • Luke Gillespie (IU School of Music Graduate)
    • Ken Lundburg (Berkley College of Music Graduate)
    • Tom Patton (WBIW-AM/WBIF-FM Radio Program Director)
  • Winning Bands:
    • 1st Place:  Rampage (92 points)
      • Winner received 2 hours of recording time at Homegrown Studios in Bloomington, CBS records promotional package, tape recording of finals, airplay on selected radio stations, trophy
    • 2nd Place:  Spirit (85 points)
    • 3rd Place:  Opus (42 points)
  • Estimated Attendance:
    • 5,000

Picture of Opus courtesy of Roy Trueblood

Picture courtesy of Roy Trueblood

Picture of Natalie Batz, Limestone Festival Fair Queen, and Fast Freddie Fever from WNAP-FM courtesy of Roy Trueblood

Picture of promoter Mike Deckert (center left in yellow shorts) and judge Luke Gillespie (center right in blue jeans) courtesy of Roy Trueblood

Preview article from 8/22/1981 Bedford Times-Mail paper courtesy of Mike Deckert

Review article from 8/26/1981 Bedford Times-Mail newspaper courtesy of Mike Deckert

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