Bay Area Battle of the Bands will be Friday, July 19 at 7pm at Bayview Park in Ashland, WI.

Competing this year is Hot Pink Hangover, Cheap Trixx and The Most Wanted.

*Bio's for the bands

What do you get when you mix a siren school nurse, a Mexican gear head, a bowling aficionado & “Animal” from The Muppets in human form? You get Hot Pink Hangover! Mercy Danger, the band's high-energy front woman, hails from our own little town of Bayfield, WI. This indie rock group of misfits just put the finishing touches on the third & final EP in their Wasted trilogy, which will be released this summer and the band will be touring in support of.

Having shared the stage with a diverse range of artists from Badflower to Brandy, Hot Pink Hangover can't easily be shoved into a box, but they continue to "hang" with the best of 'em! Their songs have been featured on the Tony Kornheiser podcast, the 93X Half-Assed Morning Show, and in Gray Duck Vodka commercials.

With a loyal following of "Hotties,” (working class fans who relish the chance to come out and cut loose) Hot Pink Hangover is painting the town pink with their playfully charming lyrics and enthusiasm for live performance. Always decked out in costume in front of a custom light show, you are guaranteed to be entertained by the band's vigor and stage antics... but it would be best to come see for yourself!

The Most Wanted
Northland's top variety band, "The Most Wanted" is playing rock hits (1970s - 2000s), Top 40 pop, and modern country. Their unique show includes both costume changes and performing out in the audience!

Their top-notch talent line-up includes some of Duluth’s best with decades of combined experience - Lindsay Johnson on vocals, Keith Irwin on vocals and lead guitar, Dave Draper on lead guitar, Curt Lewis on drums, and Nic Tucci on bass and vocals.

From Adele to ZZ Top, they play it all with 4 part harmony & wicked cool musical expertise.... not to mention ENERGY!  You won't want to miss their one of a kind fun, danceable & interactive show that is sure to get you off your seat and on that dance floor!


Cheap Trixx
Cheap Trixx is Minnesota's only tribute to Cheap Trick! If you grew up listening to Cheap Trick and fell in love with songs like I Want You To Want Me, Surrender, Dream Police and Big Eyes then Cheap Trixx is a band you will want to see! 

We all come from the Duluth, Mn area and include Tony Thomas, Sheila Thomas, David Thomas and Ruthie Breuer. Tony takes on the silly on stage look of Rick Nielsen, Sheila takes center stage as Robin Zander, David beats the drums as Daxx Nielsen/Bun E Carlos, and Ruthie slaps the bass as Tom Petersson.  

We all have fun on and off stage and have manage to find time to see Cheap Trick in concert and have met them a couple times as well. Being a Cheap Trick tribute band is something that just "happened" one day and we just love the music so much we can't see doing anything else!

Bands arrive at 6pm on Friday night. We then draw the line up for that evening. The bands do not know when they will play until 6pm. So come on down and listen to all the bands! Judges score from the crowd as they watch the show. Crowd reaction is a large part of the scoring so on your favorite band!

Sponsors include: Heartland Communications Group Ashland, Bernick's & Miller Lite, Ashland Area Chamber of Commerce, Frankie's Pizza, Napa of Washburn, Northern Clearing, Stage Coach Bar 7 Grill, Trinko Sausage, #2 Septic Pumping & Excavating, Ashland County Housing Authority, Bear Country Store & Boat Rentals, Blue Ribbon Boarding & Grooming, Blue Water Realty, Country Boy Detailing, Deep Water Grille, Dykstra Construction, Elevated Vision Tattoo Studio, Great Lakes Insurance, Hitts Fine Furniture, Little Caesar's, Northern State Bank, United Dreams, Sixth Street Market, South Shore Brewery, Sears Hometown and Topside Tavern.