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 its 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 atmmmhops.com. Mmmhops is a pale ale with 7.5 percent alcohol, brewed by Oklahoma-based Mustang Brewing Co.
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.
Grant Wiscaver, lead singer for Capitol Cars, said Monday that he and the band were thrilled to be chosen for the contest. They’re a relatively new band, playing their first show together in January, but they have been playing for years .
Taylor Hanson said each of the entries showed a high level of talent and showed the diversity of music in the city and state.
“I think Capitol Cars is a great example of someone pulling from their inspiration and pulling a sound of their own,” Hanson said. “It shows a diversity of music even from one city and one state.”
This is the first year for the Hop Jam, started by Hanson to combine its 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.
Hanson also said the festival will raise money to support the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma and Iron Gate by raffling off a guitar made to look like the Hop Jam logo: a hop attached to a functional guitar neck. Raffle tickets will be sold for the guitar, which will be signed by the brewers and musicians.
“That item is such a unique element of the festival, it’s something we can get excited about,” Hanson said.
You can go to tulsaworld.com/hanson to find the winning video.
Jerry Wofford 918-581-8346
Original article at TulsaWorld.