Nationwide Band Contest Invites Nominations

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Calling all up-and-coming bands: Open a summer concert featuring Huey Lewis and The News and Mockingbird Sun, and perform before thousands of people at the Bank of the West Celebrates America concert and fireworks show. Set for Friday, June 29, 2012, at Memorial Park in Omaha, Nebraska, Bank of the West Celebrates America is one of the West's largest outdoor free concerts attracting more than 50,000 people.

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Contest details are on the Bank of the West Facebook page,

Up-and-coming bands need to submit a live performance video by May 15. Contest judges include top talent agencies Warner Atlantic Records, Creative Artists Agency and Romeo Entertainment Group. The judges will consider musical talent, such as musical ability, expertise and originality of music, and star power, including stage presence, personality and creativity.

Online public voting for the winning band will be June 1-15, 2012 on Bank of the West's Facebook page. Bank of the West will announce the winning band in mid-June.