Top Ten Announced for Briggs and Stratton Battle of the Bands

Wauwatosa, WI (May 6, 2009) -- Briggs & Stratton's initial public voting for their Battle of the Bands contest closed on May 4, 2009. Of the top ten, one band will win and perform at Summerfest on June 28. The site,, is designed to draw more attention to the Briggs & Stratton Big Backyard stage at Summerfest.

The Top Ten is as follows:

1. Shuvlhed (Rock) - Kingston, IL
2. The Minus Lo Fi (Rock) - Verona, Italy
3. The Run Around (Rock) - Naperville, IL
4. Kipling (Rock) - Weehawken, NJ
5. A New Definition (Metal) - Coldwater, OH
6. North of Mason-Dixon (NOMAD) (Rock) - Monroeville, PA
7. COLFAX (Rock) - Edina, MN
8. Keeping Crescent (Rock) - New Orleans, LA
9. Roxxie Vine (Rock) - Bison, KS
10. Kyle Megna Band (Rock) - Kaukauna, WI

A diverse committee of 15 Briggs & Stratton employees will meet on May 12 to select the top three bands after listening to a full CD of music from the Top Ten. The top three will be selected from there, where their full catalog then will be accessible on the contest site. The site will close on June 7 at 11:59 p.m. and the winning band will be announced immediately.

The contest drew over 750 bands that submitted songs for public voting. The total number of bands received well over 1 million votes total, equating to almost 10 votes per visitor. The contest rules were such that visitors could vote up to 10 times per day, taking those rules to heart! In addition, not only did the contest receive national exposure, but international as well, with 8% of entries coming from countries outside the United States.

Summerfest is the World’s Largest Music Festival, located right here along Milwaukee’s Lakefront. The 11-day festival features music from all genres.

The winning band will receive Rock Star Treatment; which includes:

  • Live performance at the Briggs & Stratton Big Backyard Stage on Sunday, June 28, 2009.
  • Complimentary airline tickets to and from Milwaukee
  • Limousine transportation
  • A two-night hotel stay at one of Milwaukee’s finest hotels
  • Special Meet and Greet before show
  • Inside tour of The World's Largest Music Festival, Summerfest
  • Photos from visit and performance
  • Video from performance for the winning band.