22nd Annual Celebrates America Concert

22nd Annual Bank of the West Celebrates America Concert

22nd Annual Bank of the West Celebrates America Concert Continues the Spirit and Tradition of the West

San Francisco, CA | April 25, 2012

This week Bank of the West announced the musical lineup and other highlights for the 22nd annual Bank of the West Celebrates America concert and fireworks show in Omaha, to be held on June 29. The pre-Independence Day event is one of the largest free outdoor concerts in the West, attracting more than 60,000 people.

Two-time Grammy award winner Huey Lewis and the News is this year's headliner. Country-rock band Mockingbird Sun is the main opening act.

"Bank of the West Celebrates America is an event that expresses our passion for the optimistic spirit of the West, the American heartland and our great country," said Robert Dalrymple executive vice president and head of the Great Plains Division for Bank of the West. "We have a long tradition of supporting music, the arts as well as other cultural and sporting events in the regions we serve and Celebrates America is one of the many ways we show our support and commitment to our community,"

Once again, an up-and-coming band from somewhere in the United States also will play at the concert, by winning the Bank of the West Celebrates America Band Contest hosted on Facebook. The contest, which begins May 1, asks the public to recommend its favorite bands. Representatives from Hollywood's top talent agencies then help select the finalists who the public can vote for. The winning band is determined by several factors, including its popularity, musical talent, stage presence, and creativity.

Partnership with Local Food Bank Continues
For the sixth year in a row, Bank of the West is partnering with Food Bank for the Heartland during the event, to help feed the hungry in Nebraska and western Iowa. Concert attendees are encouraged to bring canned food donations or contribute any amount of money to the Food Bank. In addition, a portion of the proceeds from the sale of food and beverages at the event will go to the organization.

The event kicks off at 6 p.m. with the playing of the National Anthem. The concert opens with the winner of the bank of the West Celebrates America band contest, followed by Mockingbird Sun and then Huey Lewis and the News. The evening concludes with a spectacular fireworks show at 10 p.m.

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