The organizational team from South Carolina Federal Credit Union’s Young & Free S.C. program announced the five finalists in the upcoming Last Band Standing. The “battle of the bands” event is scheduled for Wed. Oct. 7 at the Wild Wing Cafe in Mt. Pleasant.

Chosen from a total of 24 entrants by online voting earlier this month, the five competitors include funk/rock trio Stereoreform, modern alt-rock quartet Meet the Sky, folk-rock acoustic act Hollow Reed, indie-pop quintet The Whisperjets, and punk-rock four-piece Chaos in Gotham.

Last Band Standing kicks off at 7 p.m. Each band will share a backline of gear and perform a 20-minute set in front of a full audience and a panel of judges. The top-scoring act wins $1,000 in cash and a slot on the bill at the ShineFest concert on Oct. 17. Second-place wins $500 in cash. The runners-up receive $100 Wild Wing gift cards.

Admission is free, but a donation of canned goods at the door to support the Lowcountry Food Bank is appreciated. Visit for more.