Alton – A
newly formed local duo rocked the nation when it won Maurices Small Town Sound band
search. They’ll soon be heading to L.A., but before they hop on a plane they’re
going to rock their hometown with a free concert.
Audri & Aaron will perform at Alton Square Mall at 2
p.m. on Sat., Feb. 12 in Center Court. Sick of Sarah, a popular recording group
from Minneapolis, will also be on stage.
After several months of competition, fans voted
Alton-based band Audri & Aaron through the final round and named them the
hottest female-fronted band in the country. Maurices created the Small Town
Sound contest in partnership with PlayNetwork and Sonicbids.
Formed in April 2010, the acoustic/soul/pop duo Audri
& Aaron has already found its musical niche with influences from artists
such as Norah Jones, Colbie Caillat and Michael Buble. The group consists of
Audri Lucasey on lead vocals and violin, and Aaron Kellim on vocals, guitar and
piano. The two teamed up while attending Lewis & Clark Community College,
where they had many music and vocal performance classes together.
More than 500 bands entered the competition, which was
down to 50 after a round of online voting. A group of panelists including The
Bangles, Chrissie Hynde and Sick of Sarah narrowed the competition to 10
finalists who were given two weeks to create an original song based on the
Small Town Sound theme celebrating American culture. Allison Gray from Los
Angeles, Calif., placed second, and Euralea, from Moline, Ill., took third.
In addition to performing at Alton Square Mall, Audri
& Aaron will fly to Los Angeles to shoot a music video and record their
winning song at the PlayNetwork production studio. They will also receive gifts
from Maurices and Daisy Rock Guitars. The group will also perform live with The
Bangles and Sick of Sarah at a private daytime showcase hosted by Maurices
during South by Southwest 2011 in Austin, TX.
Visit www.maurices.com to learn more about Audri &
Aaron and hear their winning song.