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Best Cover Band

1st Place: Phoenix
2nd Place: Brass Monkey
3rd Place: Big Back Yard

Whether its hair metal, country, or Top 40, the Chippewa Valley’s cover band scene has had its own “battle of the bands” with local readers to get to the top of our charts. After placing the last two years (third place in 2012 and second place in 2011), Phoenix, featuring former members of local “porch rock” band EasyChair Phil Juodis and Tony Basley, win a complementary football helmet filled with cottage cheese for their next show’s rider. Local dance rock and pop cover band Brass Monkey score second following number one spots in 2012 and 2010, and subsequently win a 24”x36” poster of Bea Arthur. Folk and country rock cover band Big Backyard place third this year. They produce a great stripped-down acoustic set too, and for that they win our last oversized novelty baby bottle. –Tyler Griggs