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Last week I had the pleasure of meeting the supremely talented local guitarist/vocalist/songwriter Ayron Jones. Last month, Jones' blues-rock band, The Way, outshone the competition to win the Seattle leg of the Hard Rock Rising Battle of the the Bands. Today, an even bigger challenge opens up for Jones and The Way--the voting lines are open for the competition's final Global Battle of the Bands.
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The Way is up against 86 bands from around the world--from Cleveland to Copenhagen, Berlin to Beirut, and Sydney to Singapore (basically everywhere there's a Hard Rock Cafe, which is everywhere). The band that gets the most votes wins a killer prize--an opening slot for Bruce Springsteen at this July's Hard Rock Calling festival at London's Hyde Park, a festival that will also feature headlining sets from Soundgarden and Paul Simon.
How do we send Seattle's representative all the way to Hyde Park? It's very simple.Go to the Hard Rock Rising's Facebook page.
Scroll down until you find Ayron Jones and The Way.
Download their soulful track "Baptized in Muddy Waters," which appears on the band's new EP of the same name.
Click on VOTE. You'll be asked to "Like" Hard Rock Rising on Facebook. And then your vote will be recorded.
You can only vote once, but spread the word and tell all your friends to support Seattle music by voting for The Way. The voting closes on April 25, after which the top 10 vote-getters will be narrowed down to a top 3 by a panel of judges that includes the E Street Band's Steven Van Zandt and Portugal. The Man frontman and Reverb friend John Gourley. The final champion will be revealed on May 4. Start clicking!
PS. Read more of my conversation with Ayron Jones is tomorrow's so fresh and so clean edition of Through @ 2.