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Boston Store Partners with Summerfest, Tap Milwaukee to bring you Land the Big Gig

Thursday, June 28, 2012

The Top Three Bands are Set to Perform at Summerfest 2012 with host Danny Gokey.   

Over 200,000 votes were cast and the Top Three Finalists will perform at the World’s Largest Music Festival, Summerfest 2012, to win their share of $45,000 in cash and prizes. Hosting the competition is Milwaukee’s favorite American Idol and recording artist, Danny Gokey.   

Our MAMBO brand teamed up with Summerfest and Tap Milwaukee, to search for the next great musical talent.  More than 100 aspiring musicians and acts from across the nation submitted their video auditions online at Music fans from around the world have selected three finalists by popular vote.  Those bands will perform at Summerfest on Wednesday, July 4, on the Briggs & Stratton Big Backyard stage to win their share of $45,000 in cash and prizes.  

The Top Three Finalists who will compete in the final Land the Big Gig® competition are the bands Flavia & The Red, 1703 and Jamie Lono.  Flavia & The Red are working on their debut album ‘The Girl Who Left Town’ (2012 release) and have made a splash amongst the Los Angeles crowd, performing in well-loved venues such as The House of Blues, The Key Club and The Mint. The band consists of Caroline Cirone on base, Chris Pucher on guitar, Isaac Watts on drums and Rich Brown on keys. On stage, Flavia & The Red are both energetic and soulful, and each band member is given the opportunity to showcase their talents with powerful solos.

1703, an acoustic brother sister duo consisting of Rachel and Brandon Dawley living in St. Paul, MN, originally from Burlington, WI.  A strong passion for music and their sibling connection  has helped them create a dedicated following throughout Minnesota and Wisconsin.

Jamie Lono has many vocal inspirations such as Ray LaMontagne, Marc Broussard, Jack Johnson, Brett Dennen, Allen Stone and more of the like in the blues and soul genre. After appearing on NBC's second season of The Voice, Jamie has returned to his home, Chicago, Illinois, to prepare for the release of his first full-length album due to be out in late summer 2012.

Public voting for the Land the Big Gig Contest began on Wednesday, April 25 and concluded on June 3.  In all, more than 200,000 votes were cast.  Rebecca Dunham of Muskegon, Michigan was the lucky voter that has won a brand new 2012 Hyundai Veloster® valued at more than $17,000 from Boucher Automotive with a trip for two to Milwaukee’s Summerfest.

Danny Gokey, Milwaukee’s own American Idol finalist and recording artist, will host the event on July 4.  “Summerfest is one of the great things about summertime in Milwaukee.  I’m looking forward to celebrating such talented musicians at one of my favorite music festivals” said Gokey. “It’s a special honor to be back supporting music in the town I grew up in.”

A panel of celebrity judges will determine the grand prize winner, who will be awarded the top prize of $25,000, at the conclusion of the performance on July 4.  Each band will perform a 30-minute set beginning at 4 pm on July 4 on the Briggs and Stratton Big Backyard Stage.  The judges for the competition are 94.5 “The Lake” morning radio personality, Gretchen Bartlett, celebrated local DJ and music blogger, D.J. Bizzon and Summerfest Vice President of Entertainment, Bob Babisch.  Danny Gokey will also act as a judge in addition to his hosting duties. 

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