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    Mon, 07 May 2012 09:49:27

    Summerfest Opening Band Contest in Full Swing - You can vote!

    Summerfest has teamed up with Tap Milwaukee, the city's leading online entertainment site, and Boston Store's exclusive surf and streetwear apparel brand Mambo, to search for the next great musical talent. More than 100 aspiring musicians and acts from across the nation have submitted their video audition online here.

    "The wealth of talent in the competition is astonishing," said David Wise, Marketing Director for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. "Now music fans from around the country can get in on the act. Not only will one lucky fan win a trip to Milwaukee to experience Summerfest live, but he or she will drive away with a new Hyundai Veloster®."

    Public voting began on Wednesday, April 25. Music fans can vote for their favorite entries on www.LandTheBigGig.com and be entered in the consumer sweepstakes. One lucky voter will win a brand new 2012 Hyundai Veloster® valued at more than $17,000 from Boucher Automotive with a trip for two to Milwaukee's Summerfest that includes round-trip airfare, hotel accommodations from Marcus Hotels, Milwaukee's premier luxury hotelier and the official hotels of Summerfest, tickets and VIP Deck passes to Summerfest 2012.

    The top 45 vote-getters will be announced mid-May. A second round of voting will then begin to narrow the field of 45 Semi-Finalists to the Top 3 Finalists with those three performers/musical acts winning a trip to Milwaukee, Wisconsin to perform live on stage at Summerfest on Wednesday, July 4 in front of fans and a panel of celebrity judges. The judges will score the performances and select one winning act who will be awarded the top prize of $25,000. The second and third place finishers will win $12,500 and $7,500 respectively.

    "It's awesome when both bands and fans can win great prizes," said John Boler, Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Summerfest. "A competition like this adds to the excitement and fun of a mega-event like Summerfest, where people come together to enjoy, discover and celebrate music."

    Summerfest has rocked Milwaukee's lakefront for 45 years and wears the crown as the "World's Largest Music Festival". Featuring over 700 acts on 11 stages over 11 days, Summerfest shares unforgettable live music experiences with approximately 900,000 music fans from around the world every year.

    Fans and performers are encouraged to stay connected to "Land the Big Gig®" via LandTheBigGig.com, Summerfest, Tap Milwaukee and BostonStore.com for updates and info. Land the Big Gig® is presented by Tap Milwaukee, Summerfest, Boston Store and Boston Store's Mambo Brand. Producing sponsors include Marcus Hotels, Bryant & Stratton, Robert Haack Diamonds and Boucher Automotive.

    Are you going to Summerfest? Do you love this cool contest? Did you vote?

    —Maggie Pannacione

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