6 bands ready to battle at Rosehill
Six bands will compete to wield the golden “Kamiaxe” at this year’s teen Battle of the Bands.
Sept. 7 marks the seventh annual Mukilteo Lighthouse Festival Battle of the Bands contest. Bands from Mukilteo, Auburn, Bothell and Monroe will compete on stage starting at 6:30 p.m. at Rosehill Community Center.
The Kamiak Performing Arts Boosters event is a fundraiser for the Kamiak Show Band and Color Guard.
“Aside from raising funds for our school’s band program, it also serves as a fun opportunity for local high school musicians to show off their amazing talents,” said event organizer Tamara Jennings. “We are thrilled that the tradition has continued and expanded.”
Each band will be judged by a panel of professional musicians and music instructors. Points are awarded for Best Bass, Best Guitar, Best Drums, Best Vocals, Best Technical Performance and Best Stage Performance. An audience vote adds points to the band’s overall score.
This year the judges are: percussion instructor Andy Wray, guitar and bass instructors Ryan Casperson and Steve Bambrough, and Seattle singer, songwriter and vocal teacher Tae Phoenix.
The top two bands will win the opportunity to play the following day on the Lighthouse Festival Main Stage from 2-4:30 p.m.
This year’s competing bands are: The Flip Side, Innocent Bystander, …that one band, The Accountants, Red Line and Tape. A seventh special guest band, Esoson, will perform but not compete.
Some of this year’s bands have battled before. Mukilteo’s The Flip Side competed last year and is back for another run.
Flip Side’s lead guitarist Ely Klem said he had a lot of fun playing at the Battle of the Bands last year.
“I think the experience of playing the music you love on the instrument you love is life changing,” he said. “There is almost nothing I would rather be doing than playing guitar on stage.”
Special guest band Esoson is also returning to the event. The instrumental band from Mukilteo plays its own interpretation of metal music.
“We play progressive metal, using the word ‘progressive’ to mean that we basically have no restrictions in what is acceptable in music,” said guitarist Joshua McAdams, who writes some of the music for the band.
McAdams said the Battle of the Bands has been a favorite festival event of all his family and friends.
“It is just a great experience to play in our hometown and have the support we do,” he said.
“Being a part of this band is pretty much the main thing I do,” McAdams added. “When people ask me what I do in my spare time, I say playing in a band with my best friends. What more could I ask for, honestly?”
The concert is scheduled to run from 6:30-11 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 7 in the Point Elliott Room at Rosehill, at 304 Lincoln Ave. in Mukilteo. It is recommended for high school-aged students and older.
Tickets are $10. Purchase tickets at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/445129.
Zoe Jovanovich is an intern for the Mukilteo Beacon.