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Durango Band Still In Race For $1M
(2008-01-21)
(ksut) - HOST LEAD: Members of a Durango based band, vying for a one million dollar recording contract, continue to move closer to their goal.
Formula 151 took the next step in the Bodog Battle of the bands last night in Las Vegas.
KSUT's Victor Locke reports.

VICTOR: This weekend marked the first anniversary of the release of Formula 151's second CD, entitled Yesterday's Tomorrow.
151's lead singer and guitarist, Dave Mensch, told me late last week, prior to the Las Vegas competition, he hoped that would bring the group good luck for their performance last night at Jillians of Las Vegas.
MENSCH: I FEEL LIKE THAT'S A BIG SIGN YOU KNOW, YESTERDAY'S TOMORROW IS ON ITS WAY.
Last night was the Durango based bands third competition since October in the Bodog Battle of the Bands.
They placed first in their first two performances in Denver.
125 bands remained heading into this weekends competition.
The battle itself, is a six month competition with varying twists and turns that could lead to a 1-million dollar recording contract, of some sort.
More on that in a moment.
In addition to Mensch who has written and composed most of the groups song, members of Formula 151 include bass player Mike Kornelson, drummer Steve Dejka, and Ft. Lewis College Professor Katherine Jetter on the electric cello, which adds a touch that brings a unique sort of soft edge to the rock sound of the group.
Surprisingly, Mensch says it hasn't entirely been the groups music that has allowed them to progress as far as they have in the battle.
MENSCH: EACH SHOW THAT WE'VE DONE, WE'RE TRYING TO IMPROVE OUR ENTERTAINMENT AS WELL AS OUR MUSIC, NOT JUST THE MUSIC WE'RE PERFORMING BUT THE STUFF IN BETWEEN, THE COMMENTARY, AND THAT'S WHAT'S BEEN SETTING US APART, I FEEL LIKE COMPARED TO THE OTHER BANDS. THEY'VE JUST BEEN GETTING UP, PLUGGING IN PLAYING, AND WALKING OFF THE STAGE. IN ORDER TO BE ON TV YOU'VE GOTTA HAVE SOME KIND OF PERSONALITY TO SELL SO WE'RE REALLY TRYING TO HONE THAT PARTICULAR SKILL I GUESS.
The next stop in the battle is the finals in LA, where ten bands will be chosen.
They will then participate in a month long TV reality show battle, where the final winner will be selected.
Mensch says they don't know what to expect but feel like their ready for that step as well.
MENSCH: I KNOW THAT THEY'RE GOING TO PULL A WHOLE BUNCH OF TWISTS AND TURNS AND THAT'S WHAT THE WHOLE REALITY TV SHOW IS BASED ON, KIND OF WHAT CAN WE GET AWAY WITH GETTING THESE GUYS TO DO, FOR THE MOST PART. AND AS LONG AS WE'RE GOING IN WITH A UNIFIED FRONT ABOUT WHAT WE FEEL WE CAN DO, WHAT WE FEEL LIKE OUR BOUNDARIES ARE AS FAR AS ANY OF THE CHALLENGES THEY HAVE FOR US, THEN I DEFINITELY FEEL LIKE WE'RE VERY PREPARED.
And, if they win, Mensch says, there are still even more uncertainties about the 1 million dollar prize itself.
MENSCH: THE MILLION DOLLAR RECORDING CONTRACT, FOR THE MOST PART, THEY GET TO DEFINE WHAT THAT MEANS. SO, WE'RE NOT EXACTLY SURE IF THAT'S CASH, OR YOU KNOW, THE BACKING TO GO ON TOUR, OR OUR NEXT ALBUM, OR WHAT THAT ACTUAL MILLION DOLLARS IS, WE STILl HAVE TO FIGURE OUT WHAT THAT IS WITH THEM.
Mensch says the band's members are working to clear their private and work life schedules should they progress to the reality show level, and should they win.
MENSCH: TRYING TO STAY FLEXIBLE AND KIND OF LET IT HAPPEN AROUND US, AND JUST TRY TO ENJOY THE RIDE AT THE SAME TIME.
The last song on the Yesterday's CD, in the Yesterday's Tomorrow compilation is entitled Dream Up A Way.
Results from last night's competition aren't yet available, but whether they won or not, the dream lives on today for Formula 151.
There's still what's called, the wild card competition.
The band with the most internet votes from fans could live to see another day at the finals in LA.
From KSUT, Four Corners Public Radio, I'm Victor Locke.

NOTE: TO VOTE: http://battle.bodoglife.net/shows/detail.php?id=158
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