The second batch of winners for the Shout It Out With HANSON Competition were announced last month and are no doubt prepping for their upcoming performances. The competition has provided artists not only with the amazing opportunity to open for the band on tour, but has also yielded some pleasant surprises and unforgettable experiences. As part of an ongoing tour diary hosted by aLive@Hnet, the Hanson brothers have been interviewing each of the OurStage winners and streaming the footage live on their Web site. The interviews have not only given these lucky up-and-coming artists an opportunity to have the spotlight turned around on them, but also to talk music, perform for, and hang out with the brothers. That’s right, at the end of every interview, the winning artists are given the chance to perform acoustic renditions of their music live in front of the Hanson brothers and their online community, giving them one-of-a-kind exposure. Lucky for you, you can catch the upcoming stream for your favorite winning OurStage act right here on the site! Check out the schedule below to find out when each act will be featured with the Hanson brothers on OurStage.com. You can also check out the first batch of winners and their profiles in our original blog feature here.
|Sparrow||Karmina||The Patchwork Quilt Fallacy||Red Light Circuit|
|9/16 Anaheim, CA –
House Of Blues @ 5:15pm
|9/17 Los Angeles, CA –
House Of Blues @ 5:15pm
9/18 San Diego, CA –
|9/20 San Francisco, CA –
Great American Music Hall
|Motel Drive||Eclectic Approach||Tamara Power-Drutis||Andrew Allen|
|9/21 San Francisco, CA –
Great American Music Hall
|9/22 Portland, OR –
|9/23 Seattle, WA –
The Moore @ 4:15pm
|9/25 Vancouver, BC-
|Xolie Morra &
The Strange Kind
|The Girlfriend Season||Cameron Rafati||Jen Pumo|
|9/27 Spokane, WA –
|9/28 Boise, ID –
|9/30 Salt Lake City, UT –
|10/1 Boulder, CO –
Fox Theatre @ 5:15pm
It’s confirmation time for the second batch of winners for the Shout it Out With HANSON competition! Winners for Mesa, Anaheim, Los Angeles, San Diego and San Francisco were announced earlier this week and today we’re excited to announce the winners for Portland, Seattle, Vancouver, Spokane, Boise, Salt Lake City and Boulder! These lucky artists are getting a shot at opening for HANSON on tour stops in their hometown. Check out the bands, their tunes, and their local competition below.
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|View Profile | Listen to Tamara Power-Drutis | See All Entrants|
|View Profile | Listen to Andrew Allen | See All Entrants|
Xolie Morra & The Strange Kind
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The Girlfriend Season
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|Salt Lake City Winner
|View Profile | Listen to Cameron Rafati | See All Entrants|
|View Profile | Listen to Jen Pumo | See All Entrants|
In support of their new album Shout it Out, the boys from HANSON have partnered with OurStage to give up-and-coming artists the opportunity to open for them on their summer tour. By entering the “Shout it Out With HANSON” Competition on OurStage, 23 winning acts from around the country have already had the opportunity to open for the pop trio. In July, artists in 12 cities across the US were given their shot at opening for the band by entering their songs in region-based channels.
Over 1,200 acts submitted their material in hopes of securing an opening spot in their hometown, but only 12 are walking away with the grand prize. In addition to performing at their hometown tour stop, each grand prize winner will receive free tickets to the show so their friends and family can be there to watch them rock out. Each act was hand-picked by HANSON and their people out of the Top 20 artists of every regional channel. You can check out the winners for Mesa, Anaheim, Los Angeles, San Diego and San Francisco below. Be sure to check back tomorrow for the Portland, Seattle, Vancouver, Spokane, Boise, Salt Lake City and Boulder!
You Hang Up
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|View Profile | Listen to Sparrow | See All Entrants|
|Los Angeles Winner
|View Profile | Listen to Karmina | See All Entrants|
|San Diego Winner
The Patchwork Quilt Fallacy
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|San Francisco Winner #1
Red Light Circuit
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|San Francisco Winner #2
|View Profile | Listen to Motel Drive | See All Entrants|
In June, the first batch of winners for the “Shout It Out With HANSON” Competition earned coveted spots opening for the pop trio on July and August dates of their summer Shout It Out tour. We reached out to winners Delta Rae, Brightside Drive and Jeffrey James after their sets to hear about their experiences and are happy to share their stories with you.
Sayreville, NJ winners Brightside Drive opened for HANSON at the Starland Ballroom. The band played to a receptive crowd, selling numerous copies of their CD and picking up new fans on Facebook. They explained, “Opening for HANSON was such a great experience. All the fans that came out were so great (even after waiting in the line for hours) and it was awesome performing for all of them. I think at one point even HANSON was watching us which was surreal! The publicity from playing the show was huge! Our fan base has definitely expanded. So many people wanted copies of our CD, Transitions. Plus many other fans headed over to our Facebook page to talk to us, get to learn more about us, and become our friend!”
Nashville winner Jeffrey James played to a sold out crowd at their set at the Wild Horse Saloon. The band told us, “We played to a few thousand people. HANSON’s fans were very receptive to us. They seemed to enjoy the set a lot and I got many many great comments from the fans after we were done. As well, when I got home that night my Twitter followers had almost doubled.” Jeffrey James and his band amped up their performance for the large audience and received warm responses to their new material. “My band and I knew that we had to take our energy levels up a couple notches to play to a crowd that size. As the opening act, we had to win over an audience who, for the most part, had never seen us play. We may be recording a new song that we played at the show that got an amazing response.”
North Carolina natives Delta Rae drove 11 hours from New York to Asheville, NC to play their opening slot at the Orange Peel. Little did they know, HANSON would be interviewing THEM upon arrival. The band said, “We were lucky enough to do a live interview with HANSON right before the show, and have gotten a lot of great attention from that. Part of the interview is performing a few acoustic songs for the Hanson bros, after which Isaac Hanson generously said, ‘Wow, I think we should be opening for them.’ Couldn’t have been nicer guys.”
When I first found out that HANSON was going to be partnering with OurStage to hold opening band contests for each stop on their “Shout it Out” tour, I thought, “Great! I love getting to check out new music!” I have loved HANSON since I was in fifth grade, and whenever they’re on tour I usually make it a point to see them at least a couple of times, so I knew I was going to be interested in the outcome. I was already familiar with the way OurStage works, as I had judged other channels in the past, and I think it’s a really fair and effective way to determine the most talented and deserving artists within any given category. Then, on top of that, when I found out that OurStage was ALSO giving away two tickets and a meet and greet session with the band for each show, I was all that much more excited to participate in the voting process. Although I’m from Massachusetts, I had planned on going to see HANSON and A Rocket to the Moon in Sayreville, NJ, so I made sure to judge that channel all throughout the month of June. Fortunately for me, all that listening paid off and I was selected as the fan winner for the show! I was beyond thrilled!
I have been fortunate enough to briefly meet HANSON a few times over the course of my travels as a fan, but I had never met them in such an intimate setting before. I was a little nervous but really excited on the day of the show. My friend Michele and I arrived to the Starland Ballroom about an hour and a half before doors, and in addition to the two of us, there was also a group of HANSON fans who had won meet & greets through their fanclub, so we all waited around together until a little before doors opened when we were brought inside to meet HANSON!
The fan clubbers had some time with the band first, while Michele and I waited over to the side and watched them interact. After a few minutes they had finished, and we had our time with Isaac, Taylor and Zac. I have to say, every time I have had the chance to speak with any of the guys from HANSON, they have been more than welcoming. HANSON’s music has had a huge influence on my life, so you would think it would be hard for me to even form words around the guys, but they are so down to earth that it feels more like talking to old friends than meeting my idols! We took our group picture and then I asked the guys to sign a photobook that I had brought with me. There was a little debate on whether they should sign the front or the inside, so they ended up signing both. Haha! We talked for a few minutes, and I put in a request for them to play their song “I Will Come to You” during the show that night. The meet and greet ended with a round of hugs, and then Michele and I walked back through the venue to the stage.
Doors were already open by the time we were finished, but they must not have been open for long because the 2nd row over to the side was still open! Free tickets, a meet & greet, AND a great spot for the show? Incredible! And then on top of all that, the whole show was fantastic! The OurStage opener for Sayreville was called Brightside Drive and they were really talented. They had a really upbeat pop/rock sound that was perfect for getting pumped for the rest of the night. I definitely enjoyed their set and would encourage other people to check out their music. A Rocket to the Moon went on next, and I was really excited to see them play. I have not been able to stop listening to their album On Your Side since it came out last fall, and they performed quite a few songs from that record, including their song “Like We Used To” which is one of my favorites, so I was stoked. They started things off with a stellar cover of Tom Petty’s “American Girl”, too. I loved it.
Finally, HANSON came onstage. At this point, I have been to over 30 HANSON concerts, and I think this one takes the cake for my favorite show and setlist. They played quite a few songs from their newest album Shout it Out, in addition to a bunch of old favorites, plus a couple of rare songs and some great covers as well. It was just an overall great, well-rounded show. Highlights included “I Will Come to You” (which I had requested that they play during the meet and greet), Taylor’s solo “Never Let Go” (one of my favorite songs”this was my first time hearing it live), “More than Anything” (a rarely-performed ballad from back in the day), “Thinking ‘Bout Somethin'” (Hanson’s new single), “Penny & Me” (a fan favorite), and a cover of Sam & Dave’s “Hold On, I’m Coming”.
It was an incredibly high-energy performance, enhanced by the crowd’s enthusiasm and singing along with every word. HANSON ended the show with a cover of AC/DC’s “It’s a Long Way to the Top (If You Wanna Rock & Roll)”. Taylor jumped up on his piano right above where we were standing in the crowd, and then at the very end of the song both Zac and Taylor jumped off the drum kit. It was absolutely amazing! What a great way to end the night. I could not have imagined a better day, between the meet & greet, the awesome opening bands and HANSON’s incredible setlist and performance. I don’t know that it will ever be topped. I have to send out a HUGE thank you to HANSON, and especially to OurStage. You guys are the best! Thank you so much for this opportunity!
OurStage and HANSON have joined forces to give 23 local artists a shot at opening for the group on their ongoing summer tour in support of their new album, Shout It Out. HANSON needs YOU, the fans, to help us find the best and brightest acts in these channels, and help them make it to the top. By judging in the Shout it Out with HANSON Channel on OurStage, you could win the opportunity to meet the guys and score free tickets to the show! That’s right, you and a friend could be headed to see HANSON play live at your local tour stop! Check out the official rules here.