Expect an announcement this week on the five finalists in the upcoming "battle of the bands" event Last Band Standing — organized in large part by South Carolina Federal Credit Union’s new Young & Free S.C. program. The big showdown is scheduled for Wed. Oct. 7 at the Wild Wing Cafe in Mt. Pleasant. The top band wins $1,000 in cash and a slot on the bill at the ShineFest concert on Oct. 17. The finalists were selected by online votes.

A panel of Last Band Standing judges include four experienced scenesters — Mark Bryan, Charlton Singleton, Quiana Parler, and Joel Frank. Bryan is a founding member and guitarist of Hootie & The Blowfish. Singleton is a longtime Charleston trumpeter, educator, arranger (and member of award-winning local band Plane Jane). Critically acclaimed vocalist Parler is well known for her soaring singing style and vibrant presence. Frank stays busy as the music director, assistant programming director, and afternoon disc jockey with The Bridge at 105.5. Your humble music editor will be there at the judges’ table, too.

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