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story.lead_photo.caption Collin Krabbe/News Tribune John Gilbraith, of the John Gilbraith Trio, sings during Battle 4 the Badges on Saturday at The Bridge in Jefferson City. The event was hosted by Safety Net, an orgnization providing resources to the families of first responders lost in the line of duty. Gilbraith's band ended up garnering the most votes and will be playing in the final round of the competition.

The John Galbraith Trio will join Travis Feutz and Chemical Mass during the Bands Battle 4 the Badges music competition finals at the end of the month after winning the most votes during the third preliminary round March 17 at The Bridge in Jefferson City.

Gallery: Battle 4 the Badges 2018

Led by the melodic vocal and guitar styles of John Galbraith, the John Galbraith Trio — JG3 — also has released original rock that showcases the raw talent of the group's frontman, bassist Nic Gorham and drummer Joey Crifo. The band went up against Plain & Simple and Richard Parker Band during week two and advanced to the finals scheduled for March 31.

One last finalist will be named among week four's three band competitors Saturday.

Hailing from Columbia, Missouri, Dark Below is an award-winning four-piece hard rock band that tours across the state and released a brand new single, "Make Believe," on its debut EP.

Never Blue Avenue is a four-piece pop punk rock band that got its start in 2008, releasing a first EP then a full-length album, "Relations," in 2010. Originating as a popular local band throughout the '90s, Magnus band members later reunited to play classic rock standards and perform new music, delivering rock-inspired original tunes and incorporating unique songwriting laced with pop and rock influences in their hometown of Jefferson City and throughout Mid-Missouri.

At each event, members of the public can vote for their favorite along with two celebrity judges based on performance, audience reaction and overall energy.

After Saturday's winner is chosen, the four preliminary finalists will face off in the last competition March 31, with one band claiming the 2018 Bands Battle 4 the Badges championship title.

REO Feedwagon will be on site to sell food to guests, who can enter to win a variety of weekly prize drawings and a 50/50 prize drawing starting at 5 p.m. Saturdays. Theo's Midtown, Paddy Malone's, Gumbo Bottoms Ale House, Spectators, Shrunken Head Tropic Lounge, Goodrich Quality Theaters, Pita Pit and others have contributed to those drawings.

Doors open at noon Saturday with performances beginning at 2 p.m. Tickets cost $15, with all proceeds benefiting SafetyNet.

Keep up with Bands Battle 4 the Badges, its finalists and the big finale each week at

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