Tonight, Friday, Sept. 22, five bands will compete at Sapphire Nightclub to open for Mushroomhead’s pre-Halloween Bash, Oct. 23, at the club. The five bands — chosen by an online poll — are Weapons at Hand, Arta’sin, Revision, The Struggle Within, and Conscious Cadaver. Each band will play a 30-minute set. Judges for the event include former WCYY DJ and current music Blogger Heather Burleigh, Tripsquad recording artist, drummer for the band Choked Out Again, Brandon Tardif, and local music veteran and front man for the band When Muppetz Attack, Jason Johnson. Bands will be judged in four categories: appearance, showmanship, musical performance and crowd reaction. Doors will open at 7 p.m. and bands will start at 8 p.m. sharp. Other bands playing at the Mushroomhead concert include national acts Unsaid Fate and Ventana, as well as Ascent To Power. The winner also receives VIP passes for each band member and a guest. The second-place winner will receive a VIP guest pass for each band member to attend the Oct. 23 show. Tickets will also be available and on sale at the club for the upcoming Mushroomhead show.