Spring has definitely sprung in the Snoqualmie Valley, and for young musicians and their fans that means it’s time for the annual Cedarcrest High School Battle of the Bands, coming up soon on Saturday, April 21st. Every spring, a dedicated group of students and parents volunteer their time and efforts to organize this event, the year’s biggest fundraiser for RHYTHM (Riverview Helping Youth To Have Music). All funds raised will go toward scholarships, equipment purchases, concert expenses and to otherwise help maximize the musical opportunities for all students in the Riverview School District.
This year’s Battle of the Bands is bringing seven diverse bands from Mount Si High School in Snoqualmie, Skyline High School in Sammamish, Bellevue, Seattle and of course Cedarcrest in Duvall! This will be a true professional rock show, with stage, sound and lighting rivaling local clubs. Valley favorites Felonious Monk, who came in 2nd place at last year’s Battle, blend funk, new wave jazz, and bossa nova. You have probably heard them around the Valley throughout the year, as they have been gaining a wide fan base with appearances at Carnation’s 4th of July concert, Sandblast and Carnation’s December Tree Lighting event.
A band with members from Bellevue and Seattle, Elch, describes their music as “ranging from fast, harsh, atonal riffs with sudden changes and fleeting musical ideas, to crushing crescendo-based down-tempo pieces that are dissonant and uncomfortable.”
Ithaca is a four piece band from Snoqualmie, with two self-made records. Their music has been described as everything from Indie to hard rock, to everything else in-between.
Two bands hail from the Issaquah/Sammamish area. Max Wang, a singer-songwriter who has performed as a finalist at Benaroya Hall’s Seattle International Piano Festival, will bring his talented band from Skyline High School. He describes their music as “Gavin DeGraw meets Howie Day with classical influences.”
Smote, a band with diverse musical and orchestral training, will bring their rock sound with unique vocal harmonies from Issaquah to the Valley. Cedarcrest band That’s Cashed are “valley kids with the urge to blow peoples minds with our musical fusion. Our music is a jazzy take on reggae twisted with all the best parts of the grunge scene.”
Also from Cedarcrest is The Paramounts, a progressive instrumental rock band influenced by the early 70s sounds of Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin.
All of this music is available for the amazing price of $7, which all goes towards supporting music in the entire Riverview School District. None of this would be possible without the support of numerous businesses in our community which are contributing band prizes, food for the judges’ dinner, and grants to help cover operational costs.
We would like to thank these sponsors for their early show of support: Bailey’s CC Espresso, Blake’s Pizzeria, Donn Bennett Drums, Ground Zero, Lazy K’s, Pickle Time, Starbucks, Top of the Hill Music Studio, and Valley Mail and Lock for their discount printing. We would especially like to give a huge THANKS to the Duvall Civic Club and The City of Duvall/Duvall Cultural Commission which donated very generously to cover the cost of security and other operational expenses for the event.
For more information, go to http://chsbattle.info. Doors open at 5:30, music from 6-11 p.m.