Calling all musicians |

Calling all musicians

Emily Kelley
Vail, CO, Colorado

Colorado’s Mountain Voice, K-CMV 106.3 FM, is looking for the Rocky Mountain’s best band.

The radio station hosts its first-ever Best Band Competition. There are three semi-final contests being held in Copper, Frasier and Red Cliff, and the winners will converge at Copper Mountain’s Guitar Town summer event July 27-29.

“Colorado has such strong musical depth, we thought we would use this competition to find the next big Colorado band,” said Brandon Spence, K-CMV’s Best Band coordinator.

Mango’s Mountain Grill in Red Cliff will host the Eagle County musicians. Bands can rehearse at Mango’s from Friday until the tournament on July 13. Each band, specializing in everything from metal to bluegrass, has 10 minutes to impress the judges. The winner of Mango’s battle of the bands will not only be $500 richer, but also star in their own gig at Mango’s on July 20.

“It’s our own competition within the bigger competition,” said Tricia Brumit, who is organizing the Mango’s competition. “We’re all about music these days.”

Brumit “would not be surprised” if an Eagle County band took first prize. “Our bands have dedication, a true love for music, and passion,” Brumit said.

Mango’s winner will compete against the champions from both the Crooked Creek Saloon in Frasier and the Pravda Vodka Bar in Copper. The final face-off will be held on July 27 at Guitar Town in Copper under the scrutiny of local celebrities, K-CMV disc jockeys and a live audience.

“The winners will go to Copper to compete and play with some guitar legends,” Spence said.

Prizes include 10 hours of professional recording time, cash and the opportunity to open for another Guitar Town entertainer. Spence’s advice is to “start practicing and use your strongest material.”

For more information or registration, visit or call the K-CMV studio line at 547-1063.

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