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Bumbershoot 2008 Day 1: The Valley

August 31st, 2008 by travis hay

We left Sweet Water 30 minutes into their set (and admittedly, I was a little downtrodden after seeing SW’s poor performance) and walked to the Sky Church to see local power rockers The Valley. It was a beautiful day outside so we decided not to go inside of the dark Sky Church and instead sat on a bench and watched the band’s set outside on EMP’s large video screen.

Every time I see the Valley (this was my fourth time) I wonder why they aren’t a huge band yet. They play a hybrid of power rock and metal, they always deliver solid shows and they don’t sound like much else out there right now. The Sky Church set was just like the previous The Valley sets I had seen before: loud and awesome.

As I watched them on EMP’s video screen, I had a vision of being at QWest Field for a big Monsters of Rock type of concert and The Valley rocking the faces off of thousands of fans while being projected onto a big Daimondvision-style screen. That’s one of the great things about Bumbershoot, you get to see the next big thing before they hit it big. And with The Valley I think it’s only a matter of time.

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