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The Suburbanite
  • Battle of the Bands - The Brighter Side, GlenOak High School

  • Unique in Repository Battle of the Bands history, The Brighter Side plays straight-up, old-school blues by John Lee Hooker and Muddy Waters, alongside blues-rock tunes by Jimi Hendrix and Stevie Ray Vaughan. The band has enough songs, including a few originals, to play three-hour shows.

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  • For Fuad Farah, guitarist for blues band The Brighter Side, it’s all about the crowd reaction.
    ”That’s what we feed off of,” Farah says. “People will say, ‘I close my eyes and I swear I’m hearing an adult band, then I open my eyes and it’s 14-year-olds!’”
    “I like to see what people think about us before and after we play,” says bass player Noah Simionides.
    “I’m a completely different person onstage. We just have fun, whether it’s nine people or 900, ” says Jake Friel, who sings and plays harmonica. “The emphasis we have when we play is, ‘Get up and dance.’”
    Unique in Repository Battle of the Bands history, The Brighter Side plays straight-up, old-school blues by John Lee Hooker and Muddy Waters, alongside blues-rock tunes by Jimi Hendrix and Stevie Ray Vaughan. The band has enough songs, including a few originals, to play three-hour shows.
    The guys met through the Blues in Schools program sponsored by the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce. They’ve played a slew of local gigs, at the Barrel Room, Main Street Grille, Nathan’s and Pucker’s Bar & Grille.
    Last month, The Brighter Side traveled to Memphis to perform a showcase gig at the 2011 International Blues Challenge. “We got a lot of exposure, and nothing but positive reactions,” Farah says.
    Because the band’s drummer, Keith Wilson, is a college student and  thus ineligible, his younger brother David will play drums for The Brighter Side in the battle.