Sound Off 2010!

Battle of the Underage Bands

For the ninth year EMP|SFM hosts Sound Off!, the Northwest’s largest underage battle of the bands competition for musicians 21 and under. The competition supports the local underage music scene by giving young artists from all different backgrounds a once in a lifetime opportunity to come together and play their original music in a great all-ages atmosphere.
A launching pad for musical careers, Sound Off! has enjoyed hosting many young up-and-coming bands over the years including Schoolyard Heroes, New Faces, The Lonely Forest, Dyme Def, The Lonely H, Sol, and Natalie Portman’s Shaved Head. We are excited to announce the newest group of Sound Off! bands that will join the ranks of these luminary groups.
Saturday, February 13: Semifinals #1
(Sui-Generis) / Kennewick, WA (experimental rock)—  website
Apache Chief / Tacoma, WA (garage punk)— website
Candysound / Burlington, WA (indie)—website
Sea Fever / Seattle, WA (indie rock)— website
Saturday, February 20: Semifinals #2
A Cozy Kitchen / Bellingham, WA (freak folk)—website
Hooves and Beak /Seattle, WA (singer songwriter)—website
Pan Pan / Bellingham, WA (instrumental)— website
The Cat from Hue /Camano Island, WA (indie folk)— website
Saturday, February 27: Semifinals #3
Great Waves / Sammamish, WA (alternative)—website
SEACATS /Kelso, WA (pop rock)—website
Subtle Like a T-Rex / Port Coquitlam, BC (prog rock)— website
Us on Roofs /Seattle, WA (indie rock)— website
Saturday, March 6: Finals
The winning bands from the three semifinal rounds plus the “wild card” band, selected by the Youth Advisory Board, battle it out for first place.
Tickets go on sale January 18 for EMP|SFM members and January 21 for the general public and can be purchased at the EMP|SFM box office either in person or by calling 206-770-2702.  Tickets are $10 for the general public, $7 for students or EMP|SFM members.
Stay tuned to this page for more information about all of the 2010 Sound Off! bands to be posted January 2010.

Competition Prizes*

First place winner will receive:
Performance at Bumbershoot 2010
Epiphone Gear
Recording Academy Consultation

Second place winner will receive:
Performance at Northwest Folklife Festival 2010
Epiphone Gear
Recording Academy Consultation

*Competition prizes are subject to change. Additional prizes will be announced Want more Sound Off! info?
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The Soundboard is devoted to the NW’s all-ages music/arts scene. Connect with other creative types. Get insider tips on applying to Sound Off! And, win rad prizes, too. Sound Off! 2010 is sponsored by 107.7 The End, KEXP 90.3, Bumbershoot, Northwest Folklife Festival and Epiphone.


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