New Hampshire’s Gretchen and the Pickpockets has won the Regional Hard Rock Rising Battle

New Hampshire’s own Gretchen and the Pickpockets has earned a spot as one of the top 100 bands in the world and is now representing New England, competing for a chance to perform across the Globe.
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DURHAM, N.H. - April 9, 2013 - PRLog -- Gretchen and the Pickpockets, a five-piece band hailing from New Hampshire have captured the Regional Winner Title of the Hard Rock Rising Global Band Competition and move to compete against bands worldwide.  Hard Rock International called on aspiring musicians from around the globe to rock out for the opportunity of a lifetime through this year’s Hard Rock Rising – the most far-reaching battle of the bands competition in the world.  Committing to support emerging artists, the Grand-Prize winner will be sent across the globe on a World Tour including stops in six renowned cities.  This Grand Prize package, arranged by Hard Rock International includes:  a spot on the bill at the Hard Rock Calling festival in London, with additional dates at Hard Rock Cafes in cities such as Sydney, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Chicago and Honolulu; an album and music video through Hard Rock Records; and new music equipment and gear valued at $10,000.

Gretchen and the Pickpockets won out their first live round on a snow-warned evening in March 2013. This past Thursday night, April 4th, they competed against other finalists to become the New England Champion.  Judges of the Battle of the Bands Final Round included Paul Geary (Extreme, signed Godsmack), Ernie Boch, Jr (Guitarist, music promoter, Cars!). Charlie Farren (The Joe Perry Project , FARRENHEIT), Gary Cherone (New! Extreme, Van Halen) and Ralph Jaccodine (Ralph Jaccodine Management). The Final Battle was hosted by Mix 104.1′s Afternoon Crew, Gregg Daniels, Fast Freddy & Sue Brady!

They now join a prestigious group of the top global bands winners from places like Japan, London, Buenos Aires, Guatemala, India, Malaysia, Singapore, Beirut and Australia who showed their talent to rise above over 12,000 other bands.  These regional winners will now compete in two more rounds of voting:  online and then with an elite group of judges.  Starting the next phase, fan voting on participating Hard Rock Facebook pages will narrow down the ninety-six local winners to the top twenty-five bands. Once determined, an esteemed panel of celebrity judges and music industry professionals will select the Grand Prize winner. Two runner-up bands will each receive new music equipment and gear valued at $10,000. For full rules and a list of participating locations, visit

Gretchen and the Pickpockets is a five-piece band hailing out of New Hampshire’s Seacoast.  Joined by their alma mater and college:  University of New Hampshire (UNH), Gretchen and the Pickpockets consists of prima vocalist and lead - Gretchen Klempa;  Guitarist and Vocals - Richie Smith; Guitarist, Trumpeter and Vocals -  Ryan O’Connell;  Bassist and Vocals - Mike Klempa; and Drummer Barrett Goeman.   They classify their sound as Alternative Rock but you can catch a bit of soul and jazz in there as well.   Their latest album:  “Stop” is available on iTunes, Amazon and many other places. The music video for the title song on this album can be found on Youtube at:

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Industry:Music, Entertainment
Location:Durham - New Hampshire - United States
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