Your Vote Counts! Select the Winner of the Bank of the West Celebrates America Opening Band Contest

OMAHA, Neb., June 10, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Cast your vote! Music fans across the country will help determine the winner of the Bank of the West Celebrates America Opening Band Contest. The winning band will experience the chance of a lifetime: opening a concert featuring Blues Traveler, Sugar Ray, Uncle Kracker and Smash Mouth at the Bank of the West Celebrates America Concert on June 27 at Memorial Park in Omaha, Neb.

A wide array of musical talent including country, metal, pop and hip hop artists entered the Bank of West contest from across the country. More than 200 entries were received during the two-week open call. The five bands who have advanced to the final round are:

  • Michael Scott BandThornton, Colo.
  • Ryanhood – Tucson, Ariz.
  • Shallow Like Me – Las Vegas
  • Steele & Colfax – Denver
  • The Talbott Brothers – Omaha, Neb.

The Facebook community is invited to watch the videos of the five finalists on the Bank of the West Facebook page, http://GoWe.st/Celebrates2014, then cast a vote for their favorite band. Online public voting is open from June 10 through June 16, 2014, on Bank of the West's Facebook page. Fans and followers are allowed one vote per day, every day, during the voting period. Bank of the West will announce the winning band in mid-June.

"Thank you to everyone who entered or recommended their favorite band for the Bank of the West Celebrates America Opening Band Contest," said Robert Dalrymple, Executive Vice President, Bank of the West's Midwest Division. "The contest attracted great talent from all over the country. The field has been narrowed to five finalists and now it's time to vote. We invite music lovers everywhere to participate in choosing the band that will open one of the best attended and most anticipated events of the summer."

This is the fourth year of the Bank of the West Celebrates America Opening Band Contest. A panel of judges, which included talent representatives from Creative Artists Agency, Warner Music Group and Romeo Entertainment Group, narrowed the band entries to the five finalists.

Bank of the West Celebrates America has been an Omaha tradition for 24 years. The annual concert and fireworks finale kicks off the city's Fourth of July festivities, and it is one of the largest free outdoor concerts in the country, drawing more than 60,000 people.

About Bank of the West:
Founded in 1874, $68 billion-asset Bank of the West (www.bankofthewest.com), Member FDIC and Equal Housing Lender, offers a wide range of personal, commercial, wealth management and international banking services. The bank operates more than 600 retail and commercial banking locations in 19 Western and Midwestern states. Bank of the West is a subsidiary of BNP Paribas, which has a presence in 80 countries with 190,000 employees.

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