August 27, 2010

Classic Rock 102.9 WMGK is proud to announce Them Bones as the winner of the station’s 6th Annual House Band Competition. The WMGK House Band Competition Finals took place on Thursday night August 26th at a jam packed Cavanaugh’s River Deck on Columbus Blvd. Hopwood, Down With Cupid, and All That Matters competed in last night’s event. Them Bones, a 5-piece from Atco, NJ emerged with the highest scores from the expert judges the station assembled. The band consists of Brian Mariano, Chris Smith,Mike Hegeman, Chris Vanzyl, John Carpenter.

In addition to being recognized as the station’s official House Band, Dog Bite Money has won the following: they will serve as the opening act for WMGK’s 2011 Let Freedom Rock Festival in front of 60,000 people, will play various paid station events throughout the year, will receive two days of recording time at Philly Sound Studios and a gift certificate for $1,000 from Sam Ash.

“We are absolutely thrilled that we won. When Debbi Calton announced us as the winner it was almost surreal and the highlight of our time in this band. We would like to thank Hopwood, All That Matters, and Down with Cupid for kicking ass and setting the bar high,” commented drummer Chris Smith.

The band has a knack for using their own musical influence to color the songs on their set list. They play for the love of playing and have only one goal in mind when they take the stage, “have fun”. Their fanbase has continued to grow by leaps and bounds since their first gig together in 2008.

Hundreds of bands sent one-song submissions into the station in July in hopes that they’d be selected as one of the sixteen best. The sixteen bands selected competed in a series of four semi-final events. The winner of each semi-final advanced to the final event held last night at Cavanaugh’s River Deck.