BALTIMORE, Md., Dec. 23, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- After weeks of traveling across the country in search of local musicians in more than 10 major U.S. cities, Polk, a high-performance audio brand, today announced that Blue Band, the Pennsylvania State University marching band, and Detroit-based psycho-electro group, FLASHCLASH, as the first and second place winners of its "Listen to the Music" talent competition, which celebrates Polk's 40 years of building world-class audio. Designed to pay tribute to The Doobie Brothers' classic rock hit of the same name, the contest asked artists to uniquely reinterpret the song and submit a video of the cover.
"The amount of talent in many of the submissions we received was inspiring," said Blair Tripodi, Chief Marketing Officer for Sound United. "This competition was designed to help support and champion local musicians from all musical genres across the country, and we're pleased to have been able to do that. We couldn't be happier with our first and second place winners, voted on by our Facebook fans over the past few weeks."
With more than 4,100 votes for its rendition of the Doobie Brothers' classic hit, "Listen to the Music," Blue Band took first place and will be receiving a $20,000 donation to the charity of its choice, along with a pair of Polk's Nue Era headphones for each band member. FLASHCLASH, the competition's second place winner, received more than 3,600 votes for its rendition and will be flown to Las Vegas in January for the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to open a private concert for GRAMMY® Award-winning artist John Legend at the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show (CES).
"We are honored to have received the highest number of votes for our cover of 'Listen to the Music,'" said Richard Bundy, Director of the Penn State Blue Band. "Our love for music is what drives us to practice day-in and day-out, and we are thrilled to have participated in a contest that honors that same passion for both music and the artists and musicians who create it."
The "Listen to the Music" campaign kicked off on Oct. 12 this year. Since then, Polk's tour bus, fully-equipped with a mobile recording studio, has been traveling across the U.S. and making stops for local musicians to record their cover on the bus at no cost. Though the talent competition portion of the campaign is over, Polk's tour bus is scheduled to be on the road through March 2014, with stops at CES in January, the Super Bowl and The Daytona 500 in February, and Mardi Gras and SXSW in March.
Polk (www.polkaudio.com) is an award-winning designer and manufacturer of high performance audio products and the largest audio brand of Sound United. Founded in 1972, Polk is the market share leader in premium home theater speakers in North America, and is a leading manufacturer of sound bars, headphones, wireless speakers, mobile and marine speakers and amplifiers, and other high performance audio products. For more information on Sound United and its brands, visit www.soundunited.com. All trademarks are the property of their respective owners.
SOURCE Polk Audio