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Teen band competing for trip to SXSW music festival

Published: Friday, March 1, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

ST. CHARLES – St. Charles teen band The Giving Moon is competing for the chance to go to the SXSW music festival in Austin, Texas, later this month.

The Giving Moon is comprised of two freshmen from St. Charles East High School and two freshmen from St. Charles North High School. After competing against two other bands Tuesday at the Elbo Room in Chicago and emerging in first place, The Giving Moon has moved to the semifinals in the Battle of the Bands to SXSW.

“It was fun,” said drummer Ryan Brasley, 14, a freshman at St. Charles East High School. “We just love playing at the Elbo Room.”

The band will have another opportunity to play during the semifinals Saturday. The Giving Moon will compete against four other bands, and the top two bands from the evening will be invited to the final round March 8.

The Giving Moon frontman Sean Seales is excited about the prospects about performing at SXSW, one of the largest musical festivals in the world, and the opportunities it holds. The festival will be from March 8 to 17.

“There will be a lot of opportunities there,” said Seales, 15, a St. Charles East freshman. “There will be so many record companies and producers there.”

The second-place finisher in the contest will receive a professional photo shoot by Roger Jansen. The third-place finisher will receive a $150 gift certificate toward recording/mixing/production with Cassette Company. The fourth-place finisher will receive a band consultation with KMA Management.

The Giving Moon recently finished first out of more than 100 bands in the I AM FEST 2012 (Independent Artists and Musicians Festival).

In December, the band opened for Eddie Money, Edgar Winter, John Cafferty and Gary Hoey.

Information about the band is available at www.givingmoon.com.

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