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"Awesome" performing an outdoor show in Seattle in October 2007. Front row: David Nixon (banjo), Evan Mosher (trumpet), John Osebold (guitar). Behind: Kirk Anderson (drums).

{{#invoke:Hatnote|hatnote}} "Awesome" (the quotation marks are part of the name) are a Seattle-based septet with roots in cabaret and theater, self-described as "Part band, part art collective."<ref name=bio>Bio, "Awesome" official site. Accessed online August 31, 2008.</ref> While they reject the "rock band" label, Lane Czaplinski, artistic director of On the Boards remarks, "If they are not rock musicians, "there is rock payoff."<ref name=Beal>Suzanne Beal, You Can Call Them 'Awesome', Seattle Weekly, May 3, 2006. Accessed online July 11, 2013.</ref> Czaplinski has compared them to Polyphonic Spree and Scissor Sisters.

"Awesome" began as a cabaret act thrown together by seven experienced fringe theater actors. Although they continued to perform often in theatrical venues, their identity as a band and cabaret act has eclipsed their status as actors.<ref name=Heynen-Delaware>Kirk Heynen, Awesome - Delaware review, Three Imaginary Girls, December 21, 2005. Accessed online August 31, 2008.</ref> Around October 2003, several future members of "Awesome" played together in a They Might Be Giants tribute to raise money for Seattle's Open Circle Theater.<ref name=Frizzelle>Christopher Frizzelle, No Traffic Signal, No Problem, The Stranger, May 2, 2006. Accessed online August 31, 2008.</ref> Their very first performance under the name "Awesome" (with just Ackermann, Mosher, Nixon, and Osebold) was in Seattle at Annex Theater's monthly cabaret "Spin the Bottle" On February 6, 2004,<ref name=Beal/> and their first full-septet performance as "Awesome" was in the Jewelbox theater at Belltown bar the Rendezvous on June 30, 2004.<ref name=Frizzelle /> Their first major production was Delaware (first a multi-media stage production and later an album).<ref name=Heynen-Delaware /> Gigs as a band have included performing on bills with Harvey Danger,<ref name=Frizzelle /><ref name=Nelson>Christian Nelson, INTERMISSION INQUISITION: "Awesome" player David Nixon, The Daily (University of Washington), April 5, 2007. Accessed online August 31, 2008.</ref> A. C. Newman,<ref name=Frizzelle /> U.S.E.,<ref name=Frizzelle /> The Presidents of the United States of America,<ref name=Nelson /> and The Long Winters.<ref name=Nelson />

Band member David Nixon is a philosophy professor at the University of Washington, Bothell.<ref name=Nelson />

Band member Rob Pro (accordion, clarinet) is a composer and sound designer for theater productions.

Many of the group's theatrical pieces are non-narrative or have only minimal, non-linear narratives. For example, noSIGNAL (2006) was described by Seattle Times reviewer Brangien Davis as "addressing, among other topics, technical difficulties, recurring dreams, cell death, regeneration and bees."<ref>Brangien Davis, Multi-genre "noSIGNAL" creates a buzz, Seattle Times, May 5, 2006. Accessed online August 31, 2008.</ref>


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