Making their debut as a 90s cover band, Gillette natives Tiny Cowboy Hat opened for Hairball tonight at the Cam-Plex. The band was the runner-up in a virtual battle of the bands contest, placing second to local christian rock band Written in Red. Tiny Cowboy Hat
, winning votes
from Facebook users on the strength of their cover of Heart's "Barracuda,"
is comprised entirely of area teachers. Singer Brittany Poitra teaches at
Wright Jr/Sr High School, lead guitarist Jesse Strauch teaches at Sage
Valley Jr. High, bassist Steve Oakley teaches at Rozet Elementary, and
drummer Paul Zeleski is the director of the Planetarium at Sage Valley.
They covered songs from Paramore to No Doubt in their first live concert.
The band was excited to play for the Hairball crowd, particularly because
some of their students were in the audience.
"We had some band camp kids in the audience right up front! We were
throwin' signs, and they were throwin' 'em right back, it was awesome,"
They formed only three months ago, wanting to provide an alternative to the
mainly classic-rock cover bands in the local music scene.
"We're trying to do something different," said Oakley. "In Gillette there's
so many people, so many opportunities for live music, and we need more
The band plans to focus more on 90s and modern rock cover songs, saying
they hope they play stuff "you don't hear on the radio on the way to the
You can watch their winning version of Barracuda below.
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