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MusicFest Starts Off the Rose Festival Event Season

The Portland Rose Festival’s annual MusicFest high school band competition will be held this Saturday, April 18, 5:30 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. at the Portland Music Company located at 531 SE Martin Luther King Boulevard. Admission is free to public.

Eight finalist bands have been selected to participate in the 2009 MusicFest — the April 18 lineup includes: Bridgetown Underground (Portland), Jordan Huschka (solo performer from Beaverton), Russell Stripes (Newberg), The Friendly Mutton Chaps (Portland), The Metro-Gnomes (Portland), The Shivas (Vancouver), Vermahorns (Beaverton) and Wet Pig (Lake Oswego).

“We’re proud to once again provide significant support for the Portland Rose Festival and put on what could be one of the best events of the year,” says Mark Taylor, owner of Portland Music Company. “What could be more exciting for a music store than a full house of young aspiring musicians and their ardent fans hooting and hollering in support of their efforts?”

Grand prize winners receive their choice of a Fender Guitar, or a $750 Portland Music Company Gift Certificate — as well as 6 hours ($300 value) of recording time with Backline Records.

1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners also get a chance to perform on the DEX World Rhythms Stage at the Waterfront Village during the Rose Festival. Bands compete for additional prizes and receive valuable feedback from a panel of judges. 2009 judges include: Denny Melnor, Mark Bosnian, Jim Miller and Tim Tubb — all are songwriters, producers and music professionals.

To participate, at least half of the band members must be currently enrolled in high school with no member older than 21. Bands are encouraged to perform original songs. Each finalist group submitted demo materials that were evaluated by judges.

MusicFest is a family friendly event and all age groups are welcome to attend.