Some information technology employees from Kiewit's Omaha office will get a chance to show off their musical skills next week.
The company's house band, The Telematics, will head to The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland, Ohio to vie for the national title of “Best Corporate Band in America” in Fortune Magazine's Battle of the Corporate Bands on Sept. 28.
Kiewit employees J.D. Larsen (bass guitar), John Harris (guitar), Dave Eames (guitar and vocals) and Nick Holum (drums) will face-off live against seven other corporate rock bands, including Hasbro's Toys 2 Men and Mesirow Financial's Cassius King.
The competition will include a 30-minute live set at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum for museum visitors as well as a 15-minute set for judges. The band, named after an electronic tracking device for construction equipment, plays mostly blues and rock and roll songs by Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix and Stevie Wonder.
Judges include Jeff Carlisi, founding member of .38 Special; Ricky Byrd, former member of Joan Jett & The Blackhearts; Liberty Devitto, drummer for Billy Joel; Rob Arthur, keyboard player with Peter Frampton and Antoinette Follet, editor of Making Music Magazine.
The band was Larsen's idea. He was formerly employed by ConAgra, where he also participated in the event. “The eye was kind of on the prize to be able to compete in this competition,” he said.
For the first time, the competition will be streamed live starting at 7 p.m. Eastern Time. You can tune in and watch at www.rockhall.com.