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December 5, 2013 at 3:47 PM

New ‘Band in Seattle’ TV show hopes to find Seattle’s next big thing

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Who will be the next Nirvana, Pearl Jam or Macklemore?

A new TV program will showcase Seattle’s vibrant music scene each week in front of a live audience. It’s almost like a reality show to find Seattle’s next big thing.

Victory Studios owner and executive producer Conrad Denke and KSTW, The CW11 (Ch. 11), have teamed up to create “Band in Seattle,” which makes its debut at 11 p.m. Dec. 7 on CW11. Featured bands on the first episode are Acid Angels and Big Sur.

Airing in 30-minute segments at 11 p.m. Saturdays, the show will introduce Seattle bands and their music to viewers by going behind the scenes to reveal what makes bands tick and what drives their passion and creativity.

“Seattle fosters music like no other (city) in the world,” Denke says about the new show. “It has an incredible, cooperative spirit, a large number of venues in which bands can perfect their style – and fanatical audiences.

“Seattle in some ways is like Nashville and Austin, two great places for music. But Seattle has the unique quality of continually re-inventing and creating new and great material and performers.

“A new band from (Seattle) will eventually rise up on the national and international scene, something that is inevitable and clearly evidenced from (past) history.”

Victory Studios has constructed a set that recreates the look and feel of a local club, with a capacity for audiences of 80 to 100 people for each taping. The concerts will be taped live using six cameras and recorded on multi-track equipment for editing. Complete concerts can also be viewed on the studio’s website.

The first season includes 13 shows with two bands per show, each performing a 45-minute set in front of a live audience. “Band in Seattle” hopes to expand the number of episodes once primary sponsors sign on.

The next episode on Dec. 14 features Dead Man and Letters From Traffic, followed by The Dolly Rottens and Summer Babes Dec. 21, Funky 2 Death Dec. 28, and Crooked Veils and The Bend Jan. 4. The Jan. 11 episode features Gun and Furniture Girls, followed by Cracker Factory and Something in the Trees Jan. 18, and Van Eps and Mts & Tunnels Jan. 25.

Learn more about the show and fill out an application for free tickets by visiting the official website here.

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