A competition for emerging Washington State bands, playing their own music.

Semi-final Pool #1 | Tuesday 10 August

Semi-final Pool #2 | Wednesday 11 August

Finals | Saturday 14 August

6.30pm Start

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Event Details

Join us for 3 open air concerts at Animal Acres Park in Lake Forest Park. Tickets to each show are $5 each. Numbers will be capped appropriately to ensure safe social distancing.

The 1st place winner will take home $1,500 and a one day of studio time at Robert Lang Studios right here in Shoreline. The 2nd place winner will take home $1,000 and a at Annex Studios.

Each band accepted into the competition will receive a $300 honorarium after the event.


Winners will be decided by the judges. Crowd enthusiasm and excitement is a factor in jury decisions. 

This event aims to support emerging and developing musicians in Washington State and encourage appreciation for the art of music in our community. 


Outside | Open air concerts


Animal Acres Park

17435 Brookside Blvd NE, Lake Forest Park, WA 98155


Semi-Final Pool #1:

Tuesday, August 10th

Semi-Final Pool #2:

Wednesday, August 11th


Saturday, August 14th

Key Dates

Applications open:

May 1st

Deadline to apply:

June 18th

Notice of acceptance:

July 6th

Tickets on sale:

July 12th

Apply Now

Apply by June 18th

Notice of acceptance: July 6th, 2021


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1st Prize

$1,500 Cash


One day of studio recording time at Robert Lang Studios  


From the early Northwest sound of the Sonics and 15 year old Kenny G, to Nirvana’s final studio recording, to today's finest musicians like Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, Robert Lang Studios continues to expand, create and inspire!


“The environment where you create music influences the result.” - Dave Grohl


Runner Up

$1,000 Cash


Livestream event at the

Annex Room Studio

Robert Lang

Robert Lang Studios

Robert founded Robert Lang Studios, Seattle’s legendary world class recording studio. He is the tech, creative force and visionary of the studio. Robert built it from the ground up using stone, marble and concrete giving it incomparable acoustics, atmosphere and killer drum sounds! The studio is home to thousands of recordings from local, national and international artists such as Dave Matthews, Foo Fighters and Peter Frampton. “If these walls could talk!”


Tina Lang

Robert Lang Studios Academy

Tina runs Robert Lang Studios Academy. “What better place to run a recording academy than Robert Lang Studios itself?” The one year audio engineering certificate program prides itself in offering hands-on training in a real working studio. Tina has been part of the music industry for decades. Besides managing RLS and RLSA, she has worked in marketing, sales, merchandising and promotion for Warner/Elektra/Atlantic Records. Her favorite part of the business is breaking new bands!

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Scott Markley

Annex Room Studio

Drummer for The Mercy Ray and Managing Partner at Annex Room Studio.
Scott has involved in music as long as he can remember, starting the drums at age 13 after saving up paper route earnings to get his first kit.  Over the last several years Scott has been committed to drumming for their eclectic, frenetic, and downright fun band, The Mercy Ray.  Along with Rick and Heidi from the band, they are running Annex Room Studio in Lake City, a hybrid rehearsal / performance / livestream space. 






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