GNA hosted it's first annual Battle of the Bands at Vapor in Saratoga Casino and Raceway. As part of the ever popular Budweiser Country Nights, hosted once a month at Vapor, the special event gave area musicians a chance to showcase their talents in front of hundreds of fans on one of the biggest stages in the Northeast.

A panel of judges that included Bethany from WGNA's Sean and Richie Show, and Paul Harding of Martin, Harding and Mazzotti rated and scored each band to determine the overall winner.

In the end, Cryin' Out Loud (pictured below) received the highest marks and took home the crown as GNA's official House Band for 2014. Over the next year, Cryin' Out Loud will be invited to open up for the biggest names in Country Music at select WGNA concert events.

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Shelley Miller/Kevin Richards Entertainment