Saturday, April 14th seven high school bands competed in the Wildflower! Battle of the Bands Qualifier Round at The Prophet Bar in Dallas, Texas. The Fifth Flight was announced as the Winner of the Qualifier Round and Cinema For The Bling selected as the Qualifier Runner-Up. These two bands automatically move on to the finals to compete on Saturday, May 19th on the Plaza Stage at the Wildflower! Arts & Music Festival in Richardson, Texas.
The Fifth Flight is a five member band that has been together for three years. Members include 18 year old bassist Josh Myers, 17 year old drummer Jacob Rothfus, also 17 year old guitarist Lee Trahan, 16 year old pianist and saxophonist Hunter Nyhuis, and 15 year old singer Magz Neuberger. They are based in Austin, Texas and formerly known as Tuesday Night.
Cinema for the Blind is an up-and-coming Dallas based band fronted by songwriting brother-sister duo, Kruz and Blaze Bramlett. The band is young, yet insightful and tuned-in to the world around them. Cinema for the Blind songs will get you dancing, feeling romantic, rebellious, hopeful, empowered and even reminiscent. With their single “She’s Forever” getting radio airplay on dozens of mainstream stations across the country like KLTZ/MIX93 and KLIR 101.1, the band is beginning to get recognized for it’s “major label” potential. Recently, Cinema for the Blind was one of five bands/artists to be chosen for the new TV show, Rock Family TV.
Professor Rafe & the Fables is an indie-funk band from Austin, Texas. The band has made television appearances on KVUE and was recognized by the Austin Chronicle as one of the Best Under 18 Bands in Austin. This foursome serves out a vibrant mix of bluesy jams, funky pop tunes and up-tempo Indie Rock covers. Formed in early 2017, the group consists of siblings Avery Johnson (Guitar/Vocals) and Will Johnson (Vocals/Keys/Guitar), Jimmy Mercado on Drums, and the Professor (Rafe Marie) on Bass.
Sofia Mora and Kelly Condy met in grade school and always dreamed of being in a band. They joined School of Rock Plano to gain some experience on stage. This was a pivotal point on their music journey. There, they met Alex Gore, and played countless shows. The most memorable being the main stage at House of Blues, Curtain Club, Three Links, TUPPS Brewery, RBC, and many, many more. The three were great friends and naturally, ALL THERE IS was born.
Coma Motel is the product of Sam Wood, Olivia Hughes and their desire to play faster and louder than their acoustic duo act, Sam & Olivia. With Wolfgang Hunter on lead guitar, Jacob Meazle on bass and Z Alsup on drums… mission accomplished. Despite being a newly formed high school band, the members of Coma Motel have been making music together in different combinations for years. You may have seen them recently when they performed live on stage at Guitars & Growlers in Richardson.