Best New Band: String Theorie
The victories are coming fast and furious for this year's Best New Band. The instrumental guitar trio's Grand Band Slam win comes a mere two weeks after they scored an endorsement with swanky guitar manufacturers Ovation. And they have a new album being mastered as we go to press — it'll be out in early September. Guitarist Joel Weik says he thinks it's "gonna far outshine the E.P." that got them this far. You can catch String Theorie at two huge Hartford gigs: first on Friday, Sept. 9, when they play the CT Science Center's Liquid Lounge; and the next day, Sept. 10, when they head down to the riverfront for Guitar Under the Stars.
(Also won - Best Instrumentalist: Joel Weik)