Nearly 200 people enjoyed hours of creative, original music at this year’s annual Cedarcrest Battle of the Bands on Saturday, April 21st.
This year’s winner is Felonious Monk: Zach Malek on bass, Ben Parrish on guitar, Taylor Cramer on sax, and Parker Malek on vibes. Photo by Riley Bir
Seven bands, all under age 21, came from Snoqualmie, Sammamish, Bellevue and Carnation/Duvall to show off their diverse musical talents. Music ranged from the Pink Floyd-esque sounds of CHS’s The Paramounts to Ithaca’s indi rock from Mt Si, filled with unique vocal harmonies, to the most-danceable grungy reggae of Duvall’s own That’s Cashed.
Funky new wave jazz band Felonious Monk, who took 2nd place last year, was in it to win it (and they did!). Tight musicianship by guitarist Ben Parrish, interwoven with Taylor Cramer’s smokin’ saxophone, held down by bass player Zach Malek, and Vibes groover Parker Malek combined for an incredible sound that blew the judges and audience members away.
The evening provided a great opportunity for bands from all over the Snoqualmie Valley (and beyond) to connect, hear other local musical styles, and support each other’s musical efforts. And of course, there is nothing like getting up on a professional stage that rivals local clubs, with the lights and sound crew treating you like a rock star, and letting loose with your own music while the crowd cheers!
A big thank you goes out to the great judges who had the foreboding task of scoring such a talented group of bands. Judges included KPLU DJ Abe Beeson, Jason Clackley and Nick Merz from Ground Zero all ages music club, northwest musician Raven, and former organizer of Duvall’s Teen Summerstage, Alexa Peden. After judges’ scores were tabulated in the areas of musicianship, originality/creativity, stage presence/crowd reaction and professionalism, the grand prize went to Felonious Monk, followed by Ithaca, Smote, The Paramounts, That’s Cashed, Max Wang and Elch.
And none of it would be possible without the support of a huge collection of local sponsors who helped RHYTHM (Riverview Helping Youth to Have Music) raise lots of money to support musical opportunities for students throughout the Riverview School District.
A big thanks to the following businesses which contributed band prizes, food for the judges’ dinner, and cash to help cover security costs: American Music, Bailey’s CC Espresso, Blake’s Pizzeria, Ground Zero, Ixtapa, Lazy K’s, Pickle Time, Sea & Air Transport, Top of the Hill Music Studio, and Valley Mail and Locksmith.
We would especially like to give a huge THANKS to the Duvall Civic Club and the City of Duvall which donated very generous grants to cover the security and promotional costs for the event. It also takes a big group of dedicated volunteers to make Battle of the Bands happen, and they deserve a heartfelt thanks: RHYTHM, Ryan Lewis, music director at CHS (and helpers Davis Bonebrake and Evan Eaton), the entire Battle of the Bands student team including: Riley Bir for his incredible poster art, Carson Wilk for his graphic design work, the always charming MC Carly Christensen, and the awesome lighting and sound crew of Miles Denison, Matthew Bergvinson, and Paul Hanover , Taylor Cramer, Riley Wilk, Ben Parrish, and parent chair Deborah Wilk.
And a special note of thanks to Kellen Fox from previous year’s BOB team who came back from college to help at this year’s event. For more information about the annual Battle of the Bands event and more photos, go to http://chsbattle.info (photos are on the facebook page).