Recently chosen as "Best Band" by readers of Cleveland Scene, Ohio genre-benders Seafair are now up for a slot on this year's Bonnaroo Festival. To vote in the contest, sponsored by Sonic Bids, head over here starting at midnight EST tonight. If they win this round, they move on to the next.
Fresh off a series of shows at SXSW, Seafair is prepping to release their debut LP 'The Querencia' on May 26. The band has also announced a string of shows in April and May including a hometown record release show at the Grog Shop on May 23. See dates below.
Seafair formed in late 2012, and has been turning heads and confusing critics who want to place the sextet into a carefully constructed box. The thing is, with six musicians whose backgrounds range from classically trained to punk rock roots, the band can't be pigeonholed by genre.
In 2013, Seafair released two EPs-- 'Paintings' and 'Photographs'--to much acclaim. Emmet Smith, formerly of the Cleveland Plain Dealer says, the band "commands your attention." From the heavy hitting of drummer Ryan Kelly to the acrobatic guitar and bass lines of Micheal Flaherty and Joshua Riehl, the band builds a soundscape that is completely their own. But it is this, with the combination of the trio of women at the bands epicenter, that make this ensemble more than your typical indie-rock band. Andrea Belding Elson and Tara Hanish blend precise and poignant violin and cello voices amidst the band's sound, while the presence and strength of frontwoman Chayla Hope makes the experience of seeing Seafair live one that will not soon be forgotten.
In 2014, Seafair took it's live performances on the road, from New York City to Denver. In Denver, the band recorded it's forthcoming album 'The Querencia' at Black in Bluhm Studio with Chris Fogal (The Gamits). The LP is scheduled for release on May 23.
Apr 03- Rockwood Music Hall Stage 1- New York, NY
Apr 04- The Bowery Electric- New York, NY
May 01- Howard's Club H- Bowling Green, OH
May 16- Northside Tavern- Cincinnati, OH
May 23- Grog Shop- Cleveland Heights, OH
May 29- Brillobox- Pittsburgh, PA
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