Press Release

Your Vote Rocks! Select the Winner of the Bank of the West Celebrates America Opening Band Contest
OMAHA, Neb. | Jun 08, 2015

Cast your vote! Music fans across the country will help determine the winner of the 2015 Bank of the West Celebrates America Opening Band Contest. The winning band will experience the chance of a lifetime opening the 25th anniversary of Bank of the West Celebrates America, an outdoor free concert and fireworks show that attracts more than 60,000 people to Omaha's Memorial Park. This year's event features Joan Jett & the Blackhearts with special guest Eddie Money. Jett was inducted this year into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame along with other notable inductees including Green Day, Lou Reed, Ringo Starr and Stevie Ray Vaughan.

A wide array of musical talent entered the contest from across the country. This year's contest garnered a record number of entries with more than 200 submissions received during the two-week open call. The five bands that have advanced to the final round are:

  • Bonne Finken + The Collective — Des Moines, Iowa
  • Kelly's Lot — Los Angeles
  • Lost in Atlantis — Los Angeles
  • Madd Libby — Kansas City, Mo.
  • Olio — Los Angeles

The public is invited to watch the videos of the five finalists and cast their votes on (click on the "band contest" tab). Online public voting is open from June 8 through June 14, 2015. Fans are allowed one vote per day, every day, during the voting period. Bank of the West will announce the winning band around June 15.

"Our Bank of the West Celebrates America Opening Band Contest continues to grow in popularity. We appreciate all the bands that entered in hopes of joining us as we celebrate the 25th year of our free outdoor concert and fireworks show," said Robert Dalrymple, Executive Vice President, Bank of the West's Midwest Division. "Great talent from across the country entered, five finalists remain and now it's time to vote. We invite music lovers everywhere to participate in choosing the band that will open one of the largest free outdoor concerts in the country."

This is the fifth 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, and Bank of the West representatives, narrowed the band entries to the five finalists.

Bank of the West Celebrates America, which will held June 26, is a tradition that has rocked Omaha for 25 years. The annual concert and fireworks finale kicks off the area's Fourth of July festivities.

About Bank of the West:
Bank of the West is a regional financial services company chartered in California and headquartered in San Francisco with $71.7 billion in assets. Founded in 1874, Bank of the West provides a wide range of personal, commercial, wealth management and international banking services through more than 600 offices in 22 states and digital channels. Bank of the West is a subsidiary of BNP Paribas, which has a presence in 75 countries with 185,000 employees.


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