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Local band advances in talent contest

August 24, 2006|by ERIN JULIUS

A local band has advanced in an online talent contest in which the winning band will get a production deal.

The Blue Sky Traffic is competing on NBC's StarTomorrow, an Internet talent show where the winner gets a production deal with David Foster, a winner of 14 Grammy Awards.

The local band is one of 50 in the competition that will move on to the next round.

Fans can view audio/video clips online and vote for their favorite bands and performers

Foster critiques each of the bands, and his comments are online.

While some of Foster's critiques of the 100 bands in the first round on StarTomorrow have been harsh, he had relatively kind words for Justin Kalk, 22, Steve Britton, 21, and Luke Buhrman, 23, of The Blue Sky Traffic.

The trio performed "Ain't Too Proud To Beg" by The Temptations in the first round of the competition.

Foster called the band's song "interesting" and said he actually "kind of" liked it.

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"The positive comment by David Foster was kind of a big deal for the band," said Jeff Britton, the band's manager and Steve Britton's father.

Bands are pitted against each other on StarTomorrow's Web site, www.startomorrow.com.

The Blue Sky Traffic recorded audio/video clips for the show July 27 in Los Angeles.

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