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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Lords of Dogtown

Our radio station is one of broad interests, tastes and flavors. The radio station features everything from hip hop to indie to punk rock. There’s something for everyone at 88.1 The ‘Burg. We sought to keep ‘Burgstock the same. We’ve got industrial rock, hip hop and alternative. The bill even includes honkytonk blues, and that’s where The Dogtown Two comes in.

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Formed in 2011 the duo consists of Titus Fields and Duane Martin Harbick. Both gentlemen are from the Ellensburg area and named themselves The Dogtown Two because they hail from the “wrong” side of the railroad tracks (Thorpe) that some refer to as “Dogtown.”

Fields covers the vocals, guitar and when the mood strikes him, mandolin and washboard. Harbick also contributes vocally and plays guitar and steel guitar.

Not surprisingly, the two the gentleman get their musical influence from old time folk, blues, country and even some contemporary rock. This sort of music runs thick through their veins, both having grown up rurally, building stuff, growing stuff and getting their hands dirty.

Drinking, gambling, womanizing and perhaps regret in participating in any of those activities are common themes in their music. So grab a beer, sit down and cool off to The Dogtown Two after a looooong day’s work.

Mosey on down to ‘Burgstock, this Saturday, April 27th at Prosody Events for a chance to win Sasquatch tickets and to see The Dogtown Two compete for the ultimate prize.

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Rap Reborn

When you think of a battle of the bands competition you may think rock, you may think alternative you may even think folk but you probably won’t think of hip hop. Clifton Del Bane is hoping to change your perception of hip hop by participating in this year’s ‘Burgstock.

The three man group doesn’t fit into the “money and bit****,” derogatory and violent, pervasive rape culture rap scene that artists like Rick Ross and Too $hort have embraced. No, Clifton Del Bane is part of the hip hop scene that is changing and bringing a different message to the world. It’s not about a beat, it’s about the lyrics, it’s not about demeaning others it’s about telling a story.

Like Jason Clifton Says: “Hip Hop is becoming conscious of itself,” and Clifton Del Bane is part of this movement.

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CDB is made of three members, Jason Clifton, Tom Dell and Kyle Bane. The group formed in Ellensburg about three years ago but all three have very different backgrounds and experiences in music and life in general.

Jason Clifton was born in California but moved to Ellensburg when he was in elementary school. It wasn’t until Clifton moved back to Cali during high school that he fell in love with hip hop. An avid skateboarder (for a brief period he ran a skateboard shop in Ellensburg) and graffiti artist, Clifton was introduced to hip hop through the culture  surrounding those hobbies. Clifton has been in various hip hop groups including Hocus Focus and Log Hog with CDB member Tom Dell. Now a solo dad in between jobs, 33 year old Clifton is reexamining his life, planning on going back to school, and wants to “be the change we [CDB] want to see in hip hop.”

Clifton calls Kyle Bane the “Prince” of the group, referring to Bane’s ability to play multiple instruments, produce and compose music. An Ellensburg native, Bane is the youngest of the trio at 25 years old and became interested in music at a very young age. Bane took up the drums when he was in third grade and started playing guitar and piano around fifth grade. Bane’s musical tastes are wide and varied. Originally inspired by Metallica, Bane then progressed to Elliott Smith, Bright Eyes and indie rock in general. Bane continued to expand his music and learned more and more instruments along the way, becoming particularly favorable to folk. Originally, Bane was the beat-master of the group but after contributing some of his own word, Clifton and Dell encouraged him to rap. Now Bane raps on almost every CDB track.

Tom Dell is the oldest and hence wisest member of CDB. Dell was born in Reno in 1974 and moved to Ellensburg as a teenager. A 2000 graduate from CWU with a philosophy degree, Dell has worked at the CWU library for 16 years. With a quiet nature about him, humble attire and laid back demeanor, it’s hard to believe Dell is a legitimate rapper who just happens to be a librarian. It’s even harder to imagine that Ice Cube is the reason Dell decided he wanted to rap after hearing The Predator album.

Still young, but not inexperienced, Clifton Del Bane is hoping to perform more in the Northwest as their music portfolio grows. They are expected to release an album tentatively called “The Catalyst” this summer and their music is available for your listening pleasure on Soundcloud and YouTube.

Check out ‘Burgstock on April 27th, at Prosody Events for a chance to win Sasquatch tickets and see Clifton Del Bane perform live!

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Scruffalove

Urbandictionary.com describes Scruffalo as “a disease caused by bad-aids. It is passed from person to person via the elbow; it is deadly and usually involves dying. Side effects of said “death” is not living, not breathing, not pumping blood and not playing cricket.” Regardless of what urbandictionary’s silly definitions might say listening to Scruffalo definitely won’t cause loss of life or the inability to play cricket.

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Scruffalo is a self-proclaimed “terror-trio” that came to being in the garages of T-Park in Ellensburg. Like many of the bands to be feature in ‘Burgstock this year, Scruffalo is in the beginning stages of development and is still expanding their sound and range. Not more than a couple years old the group started out as just frequent jam sessions. Eventually it was determined that the group should start performing for the public and Scruffalo was born.

A mix of grime, indie and trashcan sounds, the group is made up of Mitch Treece on drums, Evan Smith on bass and Justin Ruhe on guitar and lead vocals. All members are students at Central Washington University and can be found drinking or studying when they aren’t making music.

Scruffalo is one of six bands performing and competing at ‘Burgstock at Prosody Events on April 27th. Watch them compete and don’t miss out on the opportunity to win Sasquatch 2013 tickets!

Keep checking our blog and Facebook for more news on ‘Burgstock bands!

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Choose Fight

Local band Fight or Flight has been gaining momentum in the Ellensburg area and has played at a handful of establishments including Spurs Bar and Grill, Prosody Events and even the SURC Pit. This April the band will choose fight over flight as they battle it out in the ‘Burgstock battle of the bands.

644420_432120343547020_2022553162_nFight or Flight’s front man is senior global wine studies major Emerson Folker, who emerged into the music scene with a full-length recorded album under the band name Settin Pacific. Folker started getting the attention of CWU students when he performed a Settin Pacific song to take the title of Mr. Central in 2009. Originally focused on a more acoustic sound, Folker now rocks an electric guitar as the lead singer of Fight or Flight.

Bass contributor to the band is senior math education major Jon Mintz. Mintz started playing a different type of bass, a tuba, when he was 10 years old, but was quick to pick up the bass guitar three years later. In high school, Mintz’s focus was on jazz, playing for a small combo affiliated with the Northwest Jazz Orchestra. Mintz met Arthur Lang his freshman year at CWU and formed a fast friendship that would lead to the formation of their three-person band.

Lang took up drums at the ripe age of 10 years old and the guitar at age 14. He played in musicals and musical groups all over Yakima. Fellow band geeks will also appreciate Lang’s accomplishment of winning the John Phillip Sousa Award.  Lang took a break from drums and guitar for a time to pursue electronic music, even creating the full soundtrack to the video game Legends of Yore. After a stint playing lead guitar for Ellensburg band Science Fiction, Lang formed Fight or Flight after he and Mintz met Folker their junior year.

The trio describes themselves as alternative rock with funky bass melodies you’ll want to dance to. They hope to put on one of the best shows of their life and plan to play their favorite and most diverse set at Prosody Events, April 27th.

Keep checking in to our blog for more news on ‘Burgstock bands!

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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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