For a second year in a row, Verona Area High School student Max Beardsley and his band “Quick and Painless” have won the state-wide Rockonsin competition.
Rockonsin is a state-wide garage band competition for students in grades 7-12, where the top 12 finalists get a 15-minute set at Milwaukee’s Summerfest in late June, and the winner of the competition gets a second 45-minute set and studio time for a professional recording session.
The band performed at Summerfest on Thursday, June 27, beating out the 11 other competitors for the top slot. They will perform again at 1:15 p.m. Sunday, July 7, at the Briggs & Stratton Big Backyard Stage for their 45-minute set, Beardsley’s father David told the Press.
Quick and Painless is comprised of Beardsley and three other students from local high schools: Everett Karlen from Lake Mills High School, and two recent graduates from Waunakee High School, Emma Deppen and Ryan Badger. Beardsley plays drums for the band, with Karlen performing lead guitar and lead vocals, Deppen on the bass guitar and Badger on keyboard.