Press Release


Omaha, Neb. | Jun 22, 2011

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Take Me to Vegas Wins Bank of the West Rockin- O!maha Band Contest

Take Me to Vegas Will Open for 38 Special and Cheap Trick on July 1 

A wide array of bands and soloists from across the country competed in the Bank of the West Rockin' O!maha Band Contest. Take Me to Vegas won the chance of a lifetime to play in front of thousands and open for 38 Special and Cheap Trick at Bank of the West Celebrates America outdoor concert and fireworks show on July 1 at Memorial Park in Omaha, Neb.

Take Me to Vegas is a five-piece alternative pop/rock band from Omaha, Neb., featuring Josh McManus on vocals, Brad Meyer on guitar/vocals, Blake Higginbotham on guitar/vocals, Andy Gustafson on drums and Alex Vang on bass. Their winning entry, "Rex, We Got Another 50!" can be seen here.

"We're excited to say we are opening for Cheap Trick and 38 Special on July 1st," said Josh McManus. "Thank you to our amazing fans who voted for us; without you we are nothing! Also a huge thank you to everyone at Bank of the West who made this possible. You rock!"

Take Me to Vegas' on-stage performance at Bank of the West Celebrates America will be streamed live on Facebook July 1 at 6 p.m. Central time on Bank of the West's Facebook page,  www.facebook.com/BankoftheWest.

"We are delighted with the nationwide response to our Rockin' O!maha Band Contest. Bands and solo musicians from across the country delivered first-class performances. We thank them for participating and giving it their all, and we appreciate the fans who voted for them on our Facebook page," said Bob Dalrymple, Executive Vice President, Bank of the West Great Plains Division. "Omaha's national reputation for having talented alternative and indie rock musicians continues with Take Me To Vegas. We will be proud to introduce Take Me to Vegas at Bank of the West Celebrates America."

Take Me to Vegas won based on its popularity among online voters along with its Musical Talent and Star Power. Judges representing one of Hollywood's top talent agencies Creative Artists Agency (CAA); nationally known music venue Slowdown; award-winning Romeo Entertainment Group; and San Francisco-based Bank of the West provided input on Musical Talent, such as musical ability, expertise and originality of music, and Star Power, including stage presence, personality and creativity.

Take Me to Vegas and other contestant videos can be viewed on Bank of the West's Facebook page at www.facebook.com/BankoftheWest.

About Bank of the West:
Based in San Francisco, $58 billion-asset Bank of the West (www.bankofthewest.com) offers a full range of business, corporate, personal, trust and international banking services. The Bank operates more than 700 branch locations and commercial banking offices in 19 Western and Midwestern states including 47 in Nebraska and 26 in the Omaha metropolitan area. Bank of the West's holding company, BancWest Corporation, is a subsidiary of BNP Paribas, among the six strongest banks in the world, according to Standard & Poor's.

Media contacts:

Kevin Schuster, Leslie Kline Lukas
Event Media Relations
(402) 917-6001
kschuster@leslieklinelukas.com

Joel Nathanson, Bank of the West
Social Media
T: (415) 399-8286 C: 415-722-9722
joel.nathanson@bankofthewest.com

Jim Cole, Bank of the West
Corporate Communications
(415) 399-8268
jim.cole@bankofthewest.com

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Media Contacts

  • Jim Cole
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  • San Francisco, CA 94104
  • Joel Nathanson
  • Social Media
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  • Lily Ruiz
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