BMS announces plans for 2010 Battle of the Cover Bands Finals

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Boston Music Spotlight announced today plans for the final round of the 2010 BMS Battle of the Cover Bands. The event will take place on Thursday, May 13 at Oliver’s Nightclub at the Cask’n Flagon. Now in its second year, the Boston Music Spotlight Battle of the Cover Bands expanded to a bigger and better format for 2010 and the results were even more exciting than expected.

In a search to find the area’s best cover band, this year’s battle moved to a tournament style where Red Square (night #1), the Grab Brothers Band (night #2) and Big Party Orchestra (night #3) each edged out tough competition during the three preliminary rounds held at the Hennessy’s Hooley House to earn a spot in the finals. Remedy (night #1) and The Whammy Bars (night #3) have been selected to perform at the finals as the battle’s two wild card selections.

At the show on May 13, the competing bands will perform before a panel of five judges: Hank Morse (DJ – WROR’s The Loren and Wally Morning Show), Aaron Shadwell (lead singer of 2009 BMS Battle of the Band champions Shadwell), Lindsey Gardner (Founder of Beechwood Graphics), Jed Heneberry (Boston Music Spotlight Journalist) and Kelly Boyle (Boston Music Spotlight Marketing Director). Bios for each of the 2010 BMS Battle of the Cover Bands judges is available below.

Each of the bands will be judged on in the following categories: Musicianship, Vocals, Timing of Set, Stage Presence, and Crowd Reaction. Points are awarded on a 1-10 scale, with 10 being the highest. Points in the Crowd Reaction category will be worth double.

Beyond bragging rights, the bands will be competing for a grand prize worth over $2,500 including: cash, a paid gig at Hennessy’s, a professional photo shoot from Dise Photography/The New Scene, graphic design services from Beechwood Graphics and printing services from Printing Sources, Inc. More information on each of the 2010 BMS Battle of the Cover Bands sponsors is available below.

“We’re thrilled to be hosting the finals of our second annual Battle of the Cover Bands,” said Rory Flynn, President and Editor-in-Chief of Boston Music Spotlight. “The preliminary rounds proved to be a great time and we truly have five awesome bands that will make for an exciting championship round. Thankfully, we have a very experienced and knowledgeable panel of judges that will select the band that will earn the title of ‘Best Cover Band in Boston’ and with it a great grand prize.”

Tickets for 2010 BMS Battle of the Cover Bands are now on sale for only $10 through participating bands and online at

Finalists for the 2010 BMS Battle of the Cover Bands:
Big Party Orchestra:
Grab Brothers Band:
Red Square:
The Whammy Bars:
Judges for the 2010 BMS Battle of the Cover Bands:

Hank Morse: As a member of WROR’s Loren and Wally Morning Show, Hank reports on the traffic trials and tribulations. He also does the news on Imus In The Morning and The Jim and Margey show on 96.9. With extensive experience as both a DJ and Master of Ceremonies, Hank loves to have fun and would add excitement to any event (That’s what HE says, anyway), including weddings, auctions or other events.

Aaron Shadwell: The lead singer of the Boston-based rock group Shadwell. Winners of Boston Music Spotlight’s 2009 Battle of the Bands, they were also named one of BMS’ “Top 10 Local Bands to Watch in 2010.” The band recently released their debut album, Clarity, and will celebrate with a CD release party at T.T. the Bear’s Place on May 14.

Lindsey Gardner: As the founder of Beachwood Graphics, Gardner specializes in variety of graphic design services including brochures, newsletters, business cards and more. As an avid fan of all things music, Gardner also provides bands and artists with customized logos and promotional poster designs.

Jed Heneberry: An original staff writer for Boston Music Spotlight, Heneberry has covered a wide array of music for Boston’s premier online music magazine, from up and coming local bands to established national touring acts and Rock & Roll Hall of Famers.

Kelly Boyle: As Marketing Director and Staff Writer for Boston Music Spotlight’s since 2007, Boyle boasts an extensive knowledge of both nationally recognized touring artists and emerging talent from Boston’s rich local music scene.

Sponsors for the 2010 BMS Battle of the Cover Bands

Dise Photography/The New Scene: A group of photographers dedicated to exploring the creative mind in the everyday world. Started by Seth C. Brown, the company focuses on musician, nightlife, and portraiture photography.

Beachwood Graphics: A full service graphic design company specializing in brochures, posters, newsletters, business cards and business sets. Handmade invitations for weddings, save the dates, birthdays and other special occasions are also available upon request.

Printing Sources: A print management company that helps companies with printing needs maximize their budgets. With an extensive list of qualified vendors Printing Sources is able to evaluate the customer’s project and place the work with the most effective and efficient vendor.

Hennessey’s: Voted the “Best Irish Bar in Boston” for six years of the past seven years, Hennessy’s offers live music seven nights a week and on the weekends plays host to some of the hottest bands from New England and the Tri-state area interlaced with a hopping DJ. The restaurant merges rural Ireland with the upbeat pace of Downtown Boston offering a unique dining and entertainment experience

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