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Uncle Ben’s Remedy: What to Expect from our 2015 Art Boom Competition Winners By Nina Lapres

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For an alternative pop-rock concert like 107.7’s Kerfuffle, one of the least likely genres to see coming out of the Buffalo Festival would be a band with an overwhelming Country/Bluegrass sound. Yet even with these odds in mind, the five men in Uncle Ben’s Remedy were able to do just that by being named the Grand Finale Winners of the 2015 Artvoice Boom Competition and are set to take their Outlaw Country sounds to the masses on the Kerfuffle stage. With their first album only 10 months old, the band is more than happy to see all of their hard work pay off.

Uncle Ben’s Remedy started out as a gang of friends from the South-towns that usually enjoyed singing the songs of Lynyrd Skynerd and the Allman Brothers at family gatherings and parties among friends. When the band decided to become something bigger and hit the studios, their sound of familial intimacy and personal sincerity shined through to add even more of a unique tune to the masses.

After talking to the band’s singer/guitarist Harmony Griffen, I could tell that the band their definition of family included their tight-nit fan base just as much as their blood relatives. The band is even going as far as renting out school buses in order to give their fans from the South-towns a safe ride to their shows in the city.

When a local band wins a competition like the Artvoice Boom Competition, music fans would expect their favorite group to become more arrogant and proud as soon as their music is thrust in the spotlight, but according to Griffen their BOOM win “has been incredibly humbling for the band.”

The band played in the final two rounds and they were more blown away by the amount of fans at the show than the thought of the grand prize at their fingertips. “To see the response at the 2 live rounds is something that will stay with us for a long time,” Griffen says.

As far as the financial grand prize goes, the group says that the money will go directly to the production of their next LP, which they had already begun creating when they were announced the BOOM Champions.

So now that the competition is won and Kerfuffle 2015 is just around the corner, what should the festival goers expect from UBR’s opening performance? Harmony Griffin has a few predictions in mind:

“You are gonna be dancing and likely drunk when it’s all said and done. We are still debating an internal bet to wear daisy dukes on the kerfuffle stage. We’ll see how that goes.”

Even though their sets are usually seen as carefree fun, the heart and hard-work will still be very prevalent.

“For Kerfuffle, I like to think new fans will get a chance to see what got us here in the first place.” Said Griffen.

You can see Harmony and the rest of Uncle Ben’s Remedy perform their grand prize opening set at Kerfuffle 2015 at Canalside on Saturday, July 25.


~ Nina Lapres