Seattle’s own Amanda Hardy Kicks off Pain in the Grass 2014

Seattle’s own Amanda Hardy Kicks off Pain in the Grass 2014

Huge summer festivals are nothing new and here in Washington the Rockstar Energy Uproar Festival, along side local music fest Pain in the Grass, pretty much mark the end of the major summer music fest season.  This years festivities included 10 killer bands on two stages at the White River Ampitheatre in Auburn Washington. This year’s setup was pretty nice and quite a bit more scaled down to size. It was a far cry from the two day extravaganza at the Gorge in 2013. That being said, this years festival provided just the right amount of rock to keep the thousands of Washington State rockaholics on hand happy and engaged.

The music kicked off at 5pm sharp as Jolene from KISW introduced the only local rockers included on the card. Amanda Hardy and her band, or The Amanda Hardy Band, roared onto the stage with tons of energy. This was clearly an opportunity of a lifetime to play in front of such a large crowd. Hardy, only 17, absolutely killed her 30 minute opening set. A real stand out, face melting, performance by Austin Cass on guitar solidified their position as the opening act on a festival card jam packed with some of the biggest names in music.

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After their set the band was met with an overwhelming response as the line of fans waiting to purchase swag and get autographs stretched across the festival grounds. With the band being so young and already having such an impressive resume they are a group to keep an eye on for sure. The sky is definitely the limit for the local rockers.

Check them out online:

Purchase their EP What’s Coming Your Way Here!



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Christian Hamilton

Christian Hamilton

Christian is the founder and Editor of Rock Paper Rock as well as a freelance concert and event photographer serving the Pacific Northwest and Beyond. He is a certified member of the PPA and Gold Level member of the CPS. He has recently began working with Mental Itch Records and has launched his own Photography website.

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