OFFBEAT: Winner named in Hop Jam opening band contest

By | May 12, 2014

Tulsa World

Tulsa-based group Capitol Cars will open the inaugural Hop Jam music and beer festival Sunday.

The group had the most votes in the Awesome Music Opening Band Contest by a narrow margin. Only 33 votes of the more than 1,500 cast separated first and second place, with a tie between second and third place.

Capitol Cars will open the Hop Jam on May 18, playing ahead of Butch Walker, Robert Randolph & the Family Band and festival organizers Hanson. The band will also have their music available for download as a QR code on bottles of Hanson’s beer, Mmmhops.

While Mmmhops has been available at many liquor stores across Oklahoma for a few months, the band announced Monday that Mmmhops is now available for order online Mmmhops is a pale ale with 7.5 percent alcohol, brewed by Oklahoma-based Mustang Brewing Company.

The Hanson brothers asked for bands to submit a video of their original music, which they were able to narrow down to five contestants. Public voting then began to determine the winner. Most of the voting was close throughout, but Capitol Cars pulled in the most votes by the time voting ended Saturday night. The finalists included EH3-Eric Himan Trio, The Outset, Bruce Flea, Carnegie and Capitol Cars.

This is the first year for the Hop Jam, started by Hanson to combine their love for music and beer. The free music festival is set to take place in the Brady Arts District on Main Street. Brewers from across Oklahoma will also be on hand to offer samples of their beer, which can be purchased individually.

Hanson will have Mmmhops on hand as well as a new beer at the Hop Jam.

You can go to find the winning video.

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