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59H20 and In Session Round-Out Roster of Bands Competing in April 2nd Battle of the Bands

March 24, 2005 - International Hockey League 2 (IHL 2) - Richmond RiverDogs News Release

The Richmond RiverDogs of the United Hockey League (UHL) have named the last two bands that will compete in the April 2nd Battle of the Bands at the Richmond Coliseum: 59H20 and In Session.

With an album to be independently released this year, the momentum continues to build for 59H20. Their distinctive yet radio-friendly sound has appealed to audiences both locally and regionally. Donna Thornton’s powerful vocals are supported by the strong musical backing of Wiley Long (drums/backing vocals), Robert Cassil (bass), Rob Birzer (lead guitar) and Kelly Hanz (keyboards/backing vocals).

In Session’s unique combination of groove-rock and reggae has become their musical signature. The band has shared the stage with legendary Delbert McClinton and in August 2004 had the honor of being invited to perform at the esteemed Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In Session members are Howard Eckstein (bass/backing vocals), Shane Edler (percussion/backing vocals), Drew Furbush (keyboards), Chico Martinez (lead vocals), Zach Hess (drum kit) and Pierre Picardat (rhythm/lead guitar).

59H20 and In Session will join Copper Sails and The Rachel Leyco Band to compete for best band honors at the RiverDogs 1st Annual Battle of the Bands on April 2nd at the Richmond Coliseum.

In addition to the opportunity to perform at the 10,000+ seat Richmond Coliseum before one of the largest anticipated crowds of RiverDogs fans, the bands will be competing for a prize package that includes: a custom merchandising package from Red Rocket Merchandising, studio time from In Your Ear Music & Recording Services, an acoustic/electric “jazz box” guitar by Carlo Robelli from Sam Ash Music and $1000 worth of guitar strings from Everly Music. The winning band will also open for a national act at Innsbrook After Hours.

This is the RiverDogs’ First Annual Battle of the Bands in their home rink, the Richmond Coliseum. As the RiverDogs battle the Danbury Trashers for bragging rights in the Eastern Division of the United Hockey League (UHL), local and regional bands will wage their own musical battle in between periods to score the coveted Best-Band honor. Competing bands will each be given their own promotional stands in the lobby to offer fans their CD’s, touring & appearance information, bio’s, merchandise and more. A stage is being constructed for the April 2nd mega-event and a special sound and mixing system.

Fans can go to for more information on the Battle of the Bands as well as directions to the Coliseum, seating, specially-priced $6 and $8 tickets and more.

Partial proceeds from the April 2nd ‘Battle of the Bands’ will be donated to the VH1 Save the Music Foundation. The event is being sponsored by Guitar World, Sam Ash, Everly Music, 96.5 The Planet, Richmond Harley-Davidson, and Red Rocket Merchandising.

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