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Finalists include bands from Italy, Finland and throughout the U.S.

MILWAUKEE, WI - Briggs & Stratton has revved up its engines to announce the top 10 finalists in its second annual fan-voted "Briggs Battle of the Bands" contest. The 10 bands, from all over the United States, Italy and Finland, competed in the two-month, online contest at www.briggsbattleofthebands.com. The bands' stories and backgrounds are unique, like a one-man rock show, an international Idol winner and a group of college students who play together only over the Internet. The winning Battle band will play on the Briggs Big Backyard stage at the 'Big Gig' - Summerfest - in Milwaukee.

"We are so excited this year to have such a great crop of truly talented musicians submit their songs for the contest, and we're flattered that they thought our contest was a valuable way to get their music noticed," said Todd Teske, CEO of Briggs & Stratton. "As a manufacturer of products used worldwide, we here at Briggs & Stratton know quality when we see it, and we're happy to put the spotlight on these bands, as well as the Briggs & Stratton brand."

The top 10 finalists in the "Battle of the Bands" are:
- Dr. Noise, a one-man rock band who hails from Madison, Wis. For the last year, his fan base has increased over YouTube.
- Amoral, a rock band out of Helsinki, Finland. The band features the lead vocals of Ari Koivunen, the 2007 Finland Idols winner.
- This is Energy, an alternative band from St. Louis, Mo. The band credits other groups like Third Eye Blind and Dashboard Confessional with influences on some of its unique sound.
- Ridge Runner, based out of Cincinnati, Ohio. It is the Battle's only country band in the top 10. The band formed in 2002 and has toured with the likes of Tim McGraw, Lonestar and Alan Jackson.
- Cailyn/Dani, a female duet powerhouse based out of Fond du Lac, Wis. They describe their music as progressive rock.
- The Siege Perilous, from Milwaukee, Wis., an acoustic rock duo formed in 2008.
- Joe Wang and the Test Pilots, a band that's played together for a decade. They call themselves "a retro band that doesn't sound retro," and are from Mattawan, Mich., in Southwest Michigan.
- Little Bribes is a group of three college students that has only played together online. With their busy class schedules, and a 1,800-mile deficit between them, this rock band practices via Skype and writes songs together over email. The band is based out of Whitewater, Wis.
- The Minus Lo Fi, an international contender from Verona, Italy. The band members call themselves "garage punk" rockers.
- Fly Phoenix, that started with two college students, and has now turned into a five-member alternative band. The group hails from Plainfield, Ill., a suburb of Chicago.

The top three finalists of the Battle will be selected on or around May 4 by a 15-member panel of Briggs & Stratton employees. The top three bands, out of the nearly 300 bands who submitted songs for the contest, will then go to another fan vote, and the winner will get rock-star treatment at Summerfest in June. Fans can also follow the contest via Twitter and Facebook.

"Last year's Battle winner, The Run Around from Chicago, not only opened for Blues Traveler at the 'Big Gig' last summer, but has also played at an NBA game and put out a second album - all thanks to the exposure they got from Briggs Battle of the Bands," said Teske. "We're excited to see what the 2010 contest holds for our very talented finalists."

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