By the time they wound up their set with “Proud Mary” it was clear Instruments of Justice was going to take the first Haven House Battle of the Bands, nice and easy. The band, which features lawyers and staff from Raleigh’s Poyner Spruill, had tallied $896 in the $1-per-vote contest, on their way to a total of $1,007.
Instruments of Justice lead singer Evon Weston, a legal secretary at Poyner Spruill, was looking forward to wrapping up the Sunday afternoon bash with a victory lap.
“We’ve got to figure out what we’re going to play if we win. The winner gets another set,” she said, catching her breath as the members of Phoebe’s Carousel took the stage for a set of alt-pop grunge originals
“We didn’t get the TPS report telling us this was for cover bands only,” Ben Fisher, an associate at Troutman Sanders, warned before the band launched into its first song. Phoebe’s Carousel came in third, after Wally Pipp, (of Martin & Jones), and ahead of Hamer v. Sidway (made up of lawyers from Rose Rand Wallace and Russ & Canady).
The rock-off was an all-ages show – toddlers to grandparents — held at White Collar Crime in Raleigh’s warehouse district. It raised more than $5,000 for Haven House Services. The group sold about 150 tickets at $10 each, plus the vote money. Haven House (www.havenhousenc.org) is a non-profit group that offers outreach and support services to troubled youth and young people involved in the justice system.
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