What you missed at ‘Burgstock

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‘Burgstock 2013 was a hit to say the least. Prosody Events served fabulous food and drink, the crowd was awesome and all the bands put on great shows. But, it was a battle of the bands competition and there can only be one winner…and that winner was BLACKBURN.

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The alternative rock band put on a show that pleased themselves and the crowd. Girls were screaming, fans were clapping and everyone was smiling. While the competition was close, if you asked a random audience member who their pick was, BLACKBURN was the most frequently dropped name.

‘Burgstock was something BLACKBURN didn’t take lightly.

“We put out our set early, and wrote notes as to what we were gonna do,” drummer Ben McBride said.422069_10151358475072750_120494596_n

The band put a lot of thought into the show and being a three-piece rock band puts on the pressure when it comes to performing. As they like to point out, during a live show all three of them are trying to do a lot. Singing, dancing, playing and reading the crowd can be hard to do at the same time. Lead singer and guitarist Brody Blackburn doesn’t just focus on playing the guitar, he has to sing too. Chamberlain doesn’t just lay down the bass; he is expected to dance his ass off. McBride has to be conscious not to overpower the other two while still filling the empty space. Somehow, like so many three-piece bands before them, BLACKBURN manages, and manages well.

BLACKBURN’s act included a set list that was diverse with pieces that could be compared to Of Monsters and Men, A Day to Remember and Third Eye Blind. When asking the band who they would compare themselves to they laugh.

“Everyone says something different,” says McBride with a grin.302793_10151358475002750_973150754_n

“What do you think?” adds bass guitarist Wes Chamberlain.

BLACKBURN is hard to categorize at times, but if there’s one thing that we do know about them, it’s that they rock. Their act at ‘Burgstock included awesome dance moves, audience participation and Chamberlain jumping over Brody. The group even had a brief comedy act where they sang the “white guy” rendition of Kelis’s “Milkshake.”

The band doesn’t plan on slowing down anytime soon. ‘Burgstock is the second battle of the bands contest they have won and the band isn’t even a year old. Now over 100 shows deep, BLACKBURN hopes to move away from performing at bars and has their sights set on bigger shows at venues such as The Showbox.

601853_10151358474137750_1515517465_nExpect  a new album from the band this summer and a music video release on June 17th. All three members will relocate to Seattle in the fall to pursue their dreams of making it big. The three men that make up BLACKBURN admit that the band now comes before school and work.

Check out their website and Facebook page for updates on whats to come for this band on the rise.

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Introducing ‘Burgstock 2013

For a town known for its hay, Ellensburg sure has some talent. 88.1 The ‘Burg will showcase local musical talent of all genres at ‘Burgstock 2013, April 27th at Prosody Events. The event will include local bands as well as awesome prize giveaways throughout the night. These prizes will even include a pair of Sasquatch 2013 tickets!

We’ll be blogging about all the bands playing and today that will start with BLACKBURN.

BLACKBURN is a young band that met in spring of 2012 and have been gaining stride ever since. The group is made up of three young gents who actually met in our own Ellensburg.

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Brody Blackburn fronts the band as the lead vocalist and guitar player. Although his degree is in English, the man set his sites on a solo music career during his early college years. He produced his first solo album as a freshman in college and roughly five years later had produced three solo albums with several musicians from the central Washington region.

Finally, in 2012 he met two musicians who wanted to take music as seriously as he and BLACKBURN was formed. Brody hasn’t looked back since.

Wes Chamberlain lays down the bass for the band, plays piano and also does backing vocals for the group. Chamberlain’s first instrument was the piano and he eventually moved to drums, saving up his allowance to buy himself a kit. Like Brody, Chamberlain started out alone in his quest to start a band so decided if he wanted to make a full band sound he would have to make the full band himself and started playing the guitar to accompany the beats he’d lay down on the drums.

After Chamberlain met Ben McBride the two “automatically clicked” and began working together on a music project. The two then met Brody and Chamberlain finally felt he had met guys with similar aspirations. The three have been making music ever since.

Benjamin McBride rounds out the group and plays the drums for the band. The CWU senior is a Public Relation major and while he hopes to one day work as a PR director for a record label for now he is focusing on building BLACKBURN up to the point of national tour status.

Blackburn will be bringing its alternative rock sound to ‘Burgstock 2013 with the hope of claiming the top prize in this battle of the bands contest. More blog posts on the other bands will follow.

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