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Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Pagliacci Crowns Champion, Raises Five Grand for Vera

posted by on September 9 at 12:00 PM

Last night Pagliacci Pizza continued their tradition of shutting down all their stores early to let their employees party battle of the bands style at Neumos. Eight bands, all featuring at least one Pagliacci employee, performed 20 minute sets for their friends, family, co-workers, and a (ahem) highly esteemed panel of judges which included myself, Pete and Eli from Chop Suey, Brian from the Funhouse, Josh from the Vera Project, and Meli of Obese Productions and the Redmond Firehouse.

Some of the bands were… interesting. The Mark Sparkles, a sloppy but enthusiastic pop punk band, announced it was their third show. And I still don’t know what to make of Lathe Symphonic, an acoustic guitar/upright bass duo that donned masks for most of their set. But the crowd danced around just the same for every act—from the old country tunes of Johnson County to Shroud of Desolation’s traditional, sludgy metal. (Thunderbird Motel was obviously one of the favorites, though. Folks lost their shit for their raucous garage rock.)

The winner was the last band of the evening, Rad Touch, a bombastic and loud metal/heavy rock hybrid that clearly had more experience on-stage than most of their peers (full-disclosure: Rad Touch features Stranger music writer Jeff Kirby on guitar/vocals). Judging by applause and cheers, the crowd seemed really stoked about Rad Touch taking home the trophy.

All in all, even though it was tagged a battle of the bands, the night felt less like a competition and more like a Pagiacci party—no one cared about the score sheets, everyone was all about drinking, dancing, and, well, not being at work. Plus, the evening raised $5,000 for the Vera Project. That’s a hell of an office party.

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