Photos: Sound Off! 2017 Finals

All photos by Bebe Labree Besch

For 16 years, the Sound Off! competition has supported all ages music by giving a platform to young, local artists. All competitors are under 21, reside within the Pacific Northwest, and almost always give us a few show-stopping moments. We’ve seen Sound Off! kick off the careers of Northwest favorites like The Lonely Forest, Dave B, Manatee Commune, Naked Giants, Tomten, Sol, and numerous others. Now you can add this year’s first place winner, singer-songwriter Jason McCue, to the list. McCue stunned the crowd and judges, performing alone with his acoustic guitar on the spacious Sky Church stage on March 11 at MoPop. His intricate finger-picking and soaring hypnotizing vocals were undeniable, reverberating throughout the hushed room.

McCue may have taken home the title, but he was far from the only exciting talent to grace the finalists stage. In second place, Falon Sierra transfixed the crowd with her dreamy blend of R&B and soul. Electronic-meets-psych producer Torpoise┬ácame in third for the evening, invigorating the crowd while playing bouncy rhythms on his dazzling MPC. He even managed to break out a saxophone to liven things up further. Rounding out fourth place was Federal Way indie rockers The Good Weird, who won over fans with their chugging riffs and confessional lyrics. After this year’s stacked finals round, we can’t wait to see what the next year has to offer.

Jason McCue:

Jason McCue

Jason McCue

Jason McCue

Jason McCue

Falon Sierra:

Falon Sierra

Falon Sierra

Falon Sierra

Falon Sierra

Torpoise:

Torpoise

Torpoise

Torpoise

The Good Weird:

The Good Weird

The Good Weird

The Good Weird

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