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Every year, bands from all over the state gather at Muckleshoot Casino to compete in Battle of the Puget Sound Bands! Nine bands, three rounds, but only one winner. And, the audience determines who reigns supreme.

Round Two is on July 12 at 8pm. The competing bands will be Flying Buffalo, Cashing in Karma and Once Upon a Tuesday. We had each band tell us what they’re all about.

Flying Buffalo:

Q: How did your band come up with your name?

A: It took us a couple of months of playing together and trying on several different names before we landed on Flying Buffalo. Our sound is gritty, raw and a little unpredictable.  We were looking for something that evoked the feeling of our music, something big, and bold that you just couldn’t miss.  When our bass player, Mark, threw out Flying Buffalo as a suggestion, we were all, “that’s it!” After all, have you ever seen a buffalo? They are a force, and you certainly know when one is nearby.

Q: What inspires your band and music?

A: We are a bunch of guys who have live pretty colorful lives. You name it, we’ve been there and done that—the good decisions, the not-so-good decisions, love and heartbreak, starting over and making peace with it all. These experiences have shaped us as men and as musicians. We draw upon these, and decades of a variety of musical genres—funk, R&B, blue, rock, even heavy metal—as inspiration. What we end up with is an eclectic sound that is like walking into a musical second-hand store.

Q: What’s your favorite moment as a band?

A: There is this magical moment when we are playing up on the stage and we are really connecting. We are in this zone where we are improvising and it’s like each of us just knows what the other is about to do. It’s almost clairvoyant. Then, we look out in the audience and they are right there with us. There is this connection between us all. We are all tuned in and on this journey together. It’s energizing and magical.

Q: What would you do with the $10,000 first prize?

A: We want to invest in the band. We need capital to record an album and to create promotional materials so we can expand our following and book more gigs.

 

Cashing in Karma:

Q: How did your band come up with your name?

A: The name Cashing In Karma came from the idea of taking painful experiences and making good come from it. Letting go of the bad and exchanging it for something good.

Q: What inspires your band and music?

A: As with most musicians, we’re inspired by the idea of doing what we love, but one of the most rewarding parts is writing a song that means something to someone else. We have a wide range of influences spanning many genres and time periods, and our favorites have always been the ones that spoke to us. So, we aim to do the same for our listeners. Either by giving our fans a tune to rock out to in their cars or by making a song for the rainy days, we do what we do because we believe in it.

Q: What’s your favorite moment as a band?

A: Our favorite moment as a band is getting our new stuff finished and out there. Playing songs live or sharing our newly recorded releases is a great feeling.

Q: What would you do with the $10,000 first prize?

A: Take a month off from work, spoil our dog… But, what we’d really do if we won first prize is put most of it back towards the band so we can bring awesome music, videos and material to our fans.

Once Upon a Tuesday

Q: How did your band come up with your name?

A: Our band’s name comes from when I (Tyke) was in high school and would think up with random band names with my best friend on the way home from school. This name stuck with me for some reason, and I started writing songs under that title. As it turns out so many years later, not everyone thinks it’s the best name for a band, probably more like a beginning to a children’s story! But, after you get a logo and some social media with the name slapped on there, it definitely gives you more incentive to stick with it.

Q: What inspires your band and music?

A: Our band is inspired by all aspects of the world around us, and the different genres of music that make it up. A lot of the songs come from very personal stories and experiences that are then shared with others through the medium of sound. We love when a groove hits just right, and the instrumentation blends together to form something that makes you want to move, drawing you in to listen. Our style blends all of these different genres into something that feels completely familiar, while being unique and sounding unlike anything else.

Q: What’s your favorite moment as a band?

A: Our favorite moment as a band is when we find ourselves in the midst of playing a song and you can feel the energy that we’re creating as a group. From nothing, something amazing and soulful has been brought forth. There may be no better feeling in the world than this.

Q: What would you do with the $10,000 first prize?

A: We’re family men, so if we win the $10,000, we’ll be splitting it and re-investing it in the people that have already made us rich. Oh, and beer… There will be lots of beer.

Make sure to come out to this FREE event and support these local bands Thursday, July 12 at 8pm!