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Former Eski wins Battle of the Bands

George Washington once said it is better to be alone than in bad company.

But not if that company includes the likes of Brian Howe, lead singer for Bad Company from 1986 to 1994.

North Bay musician Cory Marquardt won the Rock the Igloo competition at the Jus Jordan Arena in Iroquois Falls over the weekend.

Backed by local musicians Randy Callahan on bass, Jon Weiler on lead guitar and Brandyn Brownlee on drums, Marquardt sang his way to the opening spot for Howe Saturday. He also received $1,000.

“It was awesome,” Marquardt said.

“We opened for them and got to hang out with them and shoot the (breeze).”

Four bands rocked the arena Friday to compete for the spot.

“We were the third act of the night,” Marquardt said, adding he returned to his roots at one point and offered up a drum solo which earned him a standing ovation.

“We played three more songs and we got an encore.”

After opening for Howe, the legendary musician called Marquardt onto the stage.

“We did a vocal solo going back and forth to see who could go the highest . . . it was like a sing-off. It was wicked,” Marquardt said.

About 1,000 people attended the concert.

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