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JD Cadden was one of the musicians that volunteered at last year's Battle at The Alley. This year the event will take place Sept. 28. Registration for bands is still open.

Battle at The Alley, a fundraising event for local veterans, will be held later this month.

This battle of the bands-style event was created last year by the Savannah River Veterans of Foreign War Post 5877. Proceeds were donated to Post 5877 and were used to assist veterans in the CSRA.

This year, Battle at The Alley will be hosted by the Aiken County Veterans Council, so all local veterans organizations will be involved. Six bands will play throughout the evening, with a winner's trophy and a grand prize to be donated to the band selected by a panel of local "celebrity" judges, according to a press release from the Aiken Downtown Development Association.

"Last year’s Battle at The Alley was such a success and showed how the Aiken Community can come together in support of our veterans, that the Aiken County Veterans Council is putting this event on again this year," said Dwight Bradham, director of Aiken County Veterans Affairs.

Restaurants in The Alley will be making donations to the fundraiser and offering food and drink specials during the event.

Battle at The Alley will be held from 6 to 10 p.m. Sept. 28.

According to Bradham, the organization is still seeking musicians to perform at the event.

To participate as a musician in Battle at The Alley, email the veterans council at or use Facebook Messenger to contact the Aiken County Veterans Council no later than Sept. 15.

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Kristina Rackley is a general assignment reporter with the Aiken Standard.