Local Band Wins at SDMAs
Dead Feather Moon named “Best Alternative Band”
Local Vista band Dead Feather Moon was recently named “Best Alternative Band” at the San Diego Music Awards (SDMAs). The band also received an award for “Best Alternative Album” back at the 2012 SDMAs. The winners in all twenty-eight SDMA categories were announced during a ceremony at Humphreys Concerts by the Bay on Shelter Island. When asked about their recent win, Justen Berge said, “It felt great to be recognized by our hometown and we’re honored to receive these awards. The SDMAs are really about all of the local musicians coming together and celebrating the music of San Diego.” Dead Feather Moon, made up of members Justen Berge, Jesse Kling, Tyler Soule, Chris Bowling, and Greg Peters, has been practicing and performing together for about five years now. Most of them grew up in and around the Vista community. When asked about the origins of their name, Justen explained, “Well, there are a few different versions of this story. I’ve always appreciated the fact that it’s an image-evoking name, but the actual specifics of where it orginated are forever in the ether.” They enjoy performing at local venues such as the Belly Up Tavern for its well-attended, high-energy shows, or The Casbah, for its raw and intimate vibe. When they aren’t performing or practicing as a band, they enjoy local Vista breweries. Dead Feather Moon’s second album will be released in early 2015. “We’ve spent the better part of this year bringing it to life,” Justen said, “and we’re eager to finally share it with everyone.” The awards ceremony was presented by the nonprofit San Diego Music Foundation and all proceeds will go to the foundation’s Guitars for Schools program.