Sprout City Battle of the Bands
On Saturday, May 27, the Final Competition for Sprout City’s First Annual Battle of the Bands will be held at the WOW Hall. This is a competition of local bands aiming to showcase local talent of all genres!
The battle began March 26th at Whirled Pies, with 20 local bands competing for a chance to play the WOW Hall and win $5,000 worth of prizes, including professional recording and mastering time, live video production, radio interviews and air time, gift cards to local businesses, invaluable promotion and media exposure, real-world feedback on stage performance, songwriting, arrangement & professionalism, and much more!
The showcase on the 27th will feature The Shifts, Dogs Without Horses, Childspeak and Makara Heart. There will be two more heat rounds at Whirled Pies – May 7 & May 21.
Throughout the course of the event, contestants are judged using a 10-point system based on technical performance, originality of songs, professionalism, stage presence, vocals and audience reaction. The panel of judges will feature a TBA trained songwriter, and Keyboardist/Composer/Educator Seth Mulvihill of LCC, as well as one enthusiastic music fan each night -- to make the judge panel balanced from a technical and real world point of view.
"Our biggest problem with most competitions of this nature is their tendency towards becoming a popularity contest,” says owner Thaddeus Moore, "Our goal is to use this as a chance to promote and showcase the vast amount of talent this city has to offer, and to give the bands participating a chance to receive real-world feedback and constructive criticism about their live performances, directly from the audience.”
About Sprout City Studios
Celebrating its 20th Anniversary, Sprout City has been open since 1997. Over the past 20 years, they have worked closely with a wide variety of unique and passionate artists. “Our goal is to help you bring your creative vision to life,” states Moore.
Childspeak was formed in 2014 and at the time, all that was known was that in lieu of a singer would exist an A/V “front-creature” for the instrumentalists to dance around like banshees. Three years and several turns later, the group found that its formula of post-passive-progressive rock is able to speak pretty loud without a human voice. Bri, Derek, TJ, and Michael play music that colors between the lines to delight and leave the audience in a childlike state of wonder. They have opened for members of prog-fathers King Crimson in addition to garnering an eclectic and devoted crew of misfit followers here in the PNW. Their first album Day Dream Sparkle Party is currently available on Bandcamp and their second is slated for a 2017 release.
Makara Heart is a singer-songwriter currently based out of Eugene. Her eclectic writing style ranges from simple vocal ballads to densely layered electronic compositions. Her songs are described as a blend of Pop-Soul Electronic.
Living a hard and free life on the streets as a teenager, Makara took to pen and paper to describe a life of poverty, obstacles and disappointment that a cold world could offer.
Now, as an adult, her songs and performance display a rich depth of emotion of her tough up bringing along with the reflections of beauty and wisdom of having over come those barriers. From the bottom end of the funky base lines to the hypnotic pop beats and just down right catchy melodies infused with a delicate breathy and soulfulness of a haunting knowing voice, Makara Heart always leaves you wanting more.
DOGS WITHOUT HORSES
A trio with a surprisingly unique sound, Dogs Without Horses came together in 2015 from very different musical backgrounds -- which ranged from classical to metal -- bringing complexity and intrigue to the music they create. Striving to break the mold of genre-based bands, they rely on creativity over perfect digital processing. Prepare to experience the musical melee that is Dogs without Horses.
Combining bright guitar lines, bouncing rhythms, sardonic wordplay and high energy live performances, The Shifts are a Eugene based band formed in 2011 as an indie rock project of front person Macks Johanesen. In 2013, the band began performing with the three-piece lineup of Macks on guitar and vocals, Eli Tocchini on drums and Jeff Kretsinger on bass. In July 2016 they welcomed the new member Maci DeBlanc on keyboard, backup guitar and backup vocals.
The Shifts released their debut EP, this is fine, in 2014, proving themselves to be one of the up and coming bands in the region. One year later, the band won Oregon State University's 2015 Battle of the Bands. The Shifts have played in venues across the country and released their eponymous debut album in August 2016.
Tickets are $12 in advance, $15 at the door. Doors open at 8:00 pm and showtime is 9:00.