Fortune Battle of the Corporate Bands Finals 2009

Wednesday, October 7: 4:27 p.m.

Executives Jam to Be Crowned Best Corporate Band at Rock and Roll Hall of Fame before Celebrity Judges Tommy Lee of Motley Crüe, Jeff Carlisi of .38 Special, and Antoinette Follett of Making Music Magazine

Year after year, the FORTUNE Battle event is indicative of how passionate people are about music. A lot of talent exists in the world. Not all of it makes it to a record label or an internet site. These people have chosen some path other than rock and roll, but still have talent and passion for the music.

On Friday and Saturday, October 2nd and 3rd, 8 qualifying bands and their fans from the two regional competitions in Los Angeles and Nashville converged on Cleveland to participate in the 9th annual Fortune Corporate Battle of the Bands event at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum.  The bands this year traveled from Kansas, Utah, California, Iowa, New Jersey, Tennessee and Mississippi in hopes to win the crown.

The weekend began with the Gibson Tune Up Party at the House of Blues on Friday night featuring Jeff Carlisi of .38 Special and Lee Roy Parnell playing with Dixie Peach.  The band played their groovy blues and packed the dance floor until the last note of “Hold on Loosely.”  This event is a great opportunity for the band members to interact and meet their competitors before the big night!

On Saturday the day began early at 10:40 a.m. with each band getting a 30 minute set to “warm up,” get their sound dialed in and become comfortable on stage.  This is always a treat for the guests and our Rock Hall patrons  to watch the bands perform in our lobby area.  The Museum had a very busy day.  Jeff Carlisi joined the festivities again to judge the battle and to present a lecture in our newly renovated 4th floor theater.  Following, he signed copies of his book, Jam!  Amp Your Team, Rock Your Business.  There was also a buzz because Tommy Lee of Motley Crue was in the building, another one of our judges for the evening competition.  The last band finished their set at 5 p.m. and the Museum closed to prep for the 2009 Battle of the Bands.

Doors reopened at 7 p.m.  and the band members and guests sampled from the various food stations and grabbed a few cocktails. The competition began at 8 p.m.

with the Roland Stone’s from Chevron.  Each band ripped through their 15 minute sets while a crowd of nearly 500 people danced and sang along.  It was amazing how moved these people were to be playing at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In almost every case, when the band members left the stage, they were greeted by children, parents, grandparents or co-workers (often with tears in their eyes) who had traveled with them to Cleveland to see them perform at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum.

The energy level was high throughout the entire evening, and everyone was thrilled to see Tommy Lee and watch as he slid down the rails of the main escalator in between sets.  During the judges’ deliberation in the Rock Hall’s middle conference room, we surprised Tommy with a birthday cake in celebration of his 47th.

We would like to thank all bands that participated. This was truly one of our best competitions to date:

Frontier Natural Products CO-OP/AEROROOT
Healthways / STRAT 5
Johnson & Johnson/THE S-A-P’S
Oceanside Glasstile/SLUMP
St. Jude’s Children Research Hospital/THE MIGHTY ELECTRIC ST. JUDE’S BAND
The Sunflower Group/THE WEASELS

These bands and their respective companies all contributed to the FBOTCB as a fundraiser for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s educational programs.

A BIG Thank you to Fortune, Gibson and NAMM our presenting sponsors, Tommy Lee, Jeff Carlisi and Antoinette Follett our fabulous judges, and Congratulations to all the winners!

First Place
Healthways / STRAT 5

Second Place
Johnson & Johnson/THE S-A-P’S

Third Place
Oceanside Glasstile/SLUMP

Best of Category Winners
Best Keyboardist – Paul Laikowski of Johnson & Johnson
The Steve Eck Memorial Best Vocalist Award – Emy Stewart of Healthways
Best Bass Player – Johnny Marckx of Oceanside Glasstile
Best Drummer – Victor Mattingly of Healthyways
Best Guitarist – Dave Tsien of Johnson & Johnson!

We are looking forward to our 10th year Anniversary of the Fortune Battle next year! Better start practicing…


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