Local Band of School Teachers Play Hairball Concert

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," laughed Poitra. [image: 20160115_184842.jpg] 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 bands playing." 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 show." You can watch their winning version of Barracuda below. #county17 #news -- *Brenda Kirk* Community Maven for | 614.940.7121 Twitter | Instagram | Facebook PitchEngine™ | *Connecting Communities* | Twitter | Facebook