The Northwest’s premier 21 and under battle of the bands.
Make some noise for the leading all ages musicians in the Northwest at Sound Off! 2018.
SEMIFINALS #1 WINNER
Strawberry Mountain perform their song "Bruce" at MoPOP.
MoPOP’s premier 21 and under battle of the bands supports the local music scene by giving artists of all backgrounds the opportunity to showcase original music on a large platform, connect with peers and industry professionals, and take the next step in their music careers.
The winning band from each semifinal will progress to Finals on Saturday, March 3, broadcast live on KEXP’s Audioasis.
Participants must be age 21 or under and residents of Washington, Oregon, Idaho, or British Columbia.
Three panels review all the applicants, choosing twelve bands to perform live at MoPOP. Panels include MoPOP’s Youth Advisory Board, MoPOP staff, and music industry professionals. Bands are scored based on song composition and arrangement, creativity and originality, technical ability and musicianship. All categories will be weighted equally. Following are examples of questions the judges may consider when rating bands:
COMPOSITION AND ARRANGEMENT
How strong is the songwriting/composition (musical arrangement, lyrics, harmonies, instrumentation, rhythm, use of technology etc)?
Does the music sound inspired? Do they have an artistic identity? Are they bringing something interesting to their genre?
TECHNICAL ABILITY AND MUSICIANSHIP
How impressive is the musicianship? Are they proficient with instruments, vocals, and in time and/or in tune?
Band selection criteria subject to change without notice.
$14 General Admission
$10 Students (w/ ID)
$9 MoPOP Members Become a member »
$5 Teen Tix Members
Semifinals #1 | Friday, February 9
- Maiah Wynne | Wildcard
- Strawberry Mountain | Winner
Semifinals #2 | February 16
- Micaiah Sawyer | Winner
- Sam Foster
- Step Dads | Wildcard
Semifinals #3 | Friday, February 23 8:00pm | doors 7:00pm
- Beyond the Woods
- Claudine Magbag
Finals | Saturday, March 3
7:00pm | doors 6:30pm
- Strawberry Mountain
- Micaiah Sawyer
+ one of the wildcard bands:
- Maiah Wynne, Semifinals #1
- Step Dads, Semifinals #2
- TBD, Semifinals #3
Bands for finals will be determined by results of previous three semifinal shows.