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Winner of Ducks Inaugural OC/LA Concert Showdown to Play Honda Center Friday

by Staff Writer / Anaheim Ducks
The grand prize winner of the inaugural Anaheim Ducks OC/LA Concert Showdown, the Chris Anderson Group, will play live pregame (beginning at 5:45 p.m.) and during intermissions this Friday when the Ducks take on the Los Angeles Kings at Honda Center (7:05 p.m.). The band will take to the stage on the (South concourse on the arena's Plaza level.

The Chris Anderson Group won the competition by scoring the most votes in an online competition ( The band also played at the second annual Rivalry Hold’em Poker Challenge at San Manuel Indian Bingo & Casino on March 1 as part of the grand prize opportunity.

The Chris Anderson Group is a local blues, soul and rock n’roll band. Over the past several years, the band has performed at numerous festivals and fundraisers, various clubs throughout Southern California and many private functions. Its members include Chris Anderson (vocals and guitar), Rich Smith (drums and vocals) and Mike Casper (bass and vocals). Introduced at the start of the 2011-12 Ducks regular season, the OC/LA Concert Series seeks to support local musicians by providing exposure through grass-roots efforts. Ducks fans were encouraged to vote for their favorite band online at to help recognize and showcase top local talent.

The Miller Lite OC/LA Concert Showdown gave four participating bands the opportunity to perform live at Honda Center on the South concourse prior to a Ducks home game. Selected from over 100 bands and musicians, each top-four finalist had the opportunity to play at Honda Center prior to a Ducks game this season. In addition to The Chris Anderson Group, local bands The Altar Billies, Rhyme And Reason and the Brandon Ummel Band were the top-four finalists. The Chris Anderson Group will also have their music showcased in-game on HondaVision, through the club’s social media channels, as well as on the Ducks television (KDOC-TV HD) and radio (KLAA AM 830) broadcasts.
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