Soulful, psychedelic rockers The Spirit Animals.
Badland Nomad, a singer-songwriter in the folk-rock mold.
Tino Cruze, a rapper from the Midwest now making music in the Tri-Cities.
Those three acts and five others will take the stage May 23 as part of MUX’s first Battle of the Bands.
The show starts at 7 p.m. Each band will play for 15 minutes.
MUX is an all-ages venue at The Uptown Theatre in Richland that aims to build up the local indie music scene. It holds regular shows, bringing in larger out-of-town groups as well as Tri-City acts.
With Battle of the Bands, “We decided, let’s dedicate a night to local bands, show our appreciation for local bands,” said Jenna Tormanen, the event’s coordinator. The Battle will be more about showcasing the groups and having fun than cutthroat competition, she said.
The five other bands set to take the stage are: Adventure Dirt Team, a local adventure group and indie folk ensemble; the indie rockers Marceline; the pop punk/rock band Tragedy Within; indie rock band The Spectators; and the folk rock group Traveler of Home.
The grand prize is a spot in the Chinook Fest Central music festival this September in Naches. MUX also is kicking in $800.
Tormanen said MUX wanted the cash prize to be big enough to make a difference for the winner. “Our hope is that the band that wins can (do something like) record a song or two, or start a recording session with the money,” she said. “We really wanted to help a local band.”
A $200 people’s choice prize also will be awarded, with audience members casting votes for their favorite performers.
All the bands have ties to the Tri-Cities. Sixteen or 17 applied to be part of the competition.
Tormanen said the Battle of the Bands is generating excitement, and she’d like to see it become an annual event.
It will be a fun night for the audience and a boost for the bands, she said.
“I hope this will help create a bigger music scene locally,” Tormanen said.
Sponsors include Ted Brown Music and Matthews Effects.
Tickets cost $10 in advance or $12 the day of the show and at the door. Advance tickets are available at https://ti.to/mux/battle-of-the-bands-2015 or at Adventures Underground in Richland or The Local coffee shop in Kennewick.
The Uptown Theatre is at 1300 Jadwin Ave.
MUX is on Facebook and at www.mux.tc.