Ghothog wins Largo regional band competition and advances to Tampa Bay regionals.
LARGO: On November 21st the Bent Elbow hosted a battle of the bands event competition. That event was part of the Tampa Bay regionals for the Battle For Florida and the Battle For America band competitions, presented by TBR Studios.
The Battle for Florida (aka: B4FL) is a statewide ORIGINAL MUSIC Battle of the Bands competition event associated with the National Competition, The Battle For America. Competitors from every state are automatically entered into the Nationwide Database at the completion of each regional event for final National Competition Standings. All competitors win at the regional competition level and are awarded prizes by local event sponsors. The Top 3 winners from each region will get their music posted on the State page, space allowing. Space allowing, the 1st place winner from each region will be posted on the National Battle For America site.
The Battle For America is a Nationwide ORIGINAL MUSIC Battle of the Bands competition Event. Each state carries it’s own regional events, Winners of each regional competition receive prize awards for their local competition. All band scores are registered at the national level for the overall Top 3 Winners. The three highest scores win National awards automatically.
All competitions are judged by music industry pro’s. There is no such thing as “Winner by Applause” in the Battle for America competition. Many of the event judges are supplied by the local event sponsors.
The Bent Elbow, located in Largo at 14219 Walsingham Road, is one of several official bars participating in the Tampa Bay Regionals Band Competition. Some of the other bars that have held, or will hold regional competitions are as follows:
- Bourbon Street Night Club, New Port Richey ***Venue has since closed***.
- Gasoline Alley, Clearwater.
- State Theatre, St. Petersburg.
- Bent Elbow, Largo.
- Ritz Theatre, Ybor City.
- L.A. Hangout, Lutz.
- Seminole Hard Rock Casino, Tampa.
- The Distillery Tavern, Bradenton.
- Pastimes Pub, Sarasota.
- Gator’s Cafe & Saloon, Treasure Island.
- House of Blues, Orlando.
The winner of each Tampa Bay Bar competition will battle each other at a future date to eventually become the winner of the Tampa Bay regionals. The winner of the Tampa Bay regionals will then advance to the state competition, Battle for Florida, where the winner of that event will then advance to the National competition, The Battle For America.
Spring Hill Band, Gohthog, won the Largo regional competition held at the Bent Elbow on November 21st. As a result, Gohthog will now advance in the competition and compete against the winners of the other Tampa Bay bar competitions to eventually determine the winner of the Tampa Bay regionals.
Gohthog is a four-piece, unsigned, originals rock band from Spring Hill that formed in early 2010. The band consists of Jon Cone on guitars, Marc Spagone on bass & vocals, Chris Johnson on guitars, and Todd Winkler on Drums. The band is currently working on their first CD, and expect to have it ready for release sometime early 2011.
The following are the official results for the Largo regional competition that was held at the Bent Elbow on November 21st:
- 1st Place winner: Gohthog – 180 points.
- 2nd Place: D’Nyal – 162 points.
- 3rd Place: Shorty Magoo Band – 159 points.
Congratulations goes out to all three bands who placed 1st, 2nd, and 3rd in the competition. I’d also like to say “Job well done” to all the bands that competed but didn’t place in the top three. Good luck goes out to Gohthog in their attempt to win the Tampa Bay regionals in order to advance to the State and National competitions.
The next scheduled band competition in the Tampa Bay region is for the Sarasota regionals. The competition will be held on January 28th at the Pastimes Pub located at 6540 Superior Ave. in Sarasota.
Keep reading the St. Petersburg Live Music Bar Scene column for future competition results as they become available.
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