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5th GEAR / Press

“Although 5th Gear has not been around for very long – the five band members came together in January of this year – they have carved a name for themselves in Dane County. The group performed at Brat Fest in Madison this year, and has made appearances at Cardinal’s Nest in Sun Prairie; Club Tavern in Middleton; and at a number of Poynette locations, including Hooker’s Resort, Lakeside Bar and Grill, Remi’s Thirsty Moose and at the Poynette Street Dance. Most recently, 5th Gear performed at the VFW Post 7591 on Cottage Grove Road in Madison for a Toys for Tots benefit”

“Madison-based group 5th Gear, whose members include Sun Prairie native Michael Rortvedt, Sun Prairie High School Class of 2005, swept the 96.3 Star Country Awards on Nov. 20, 2012, winning awards in each of the four categories the band was nominated in. Awards included Favorite Local Live Performance, Favorite Entertainer, Favorite Local Group and band member Tim Thielbar as Favorite Male Vocalist.”

“Rocking country band 5th GEAR swept every category in which it was nominated at the 2012 Star Country 96.3 Music Awards show held last night at the Barrymore Theater, including Favorite Male Vocalist Tim Thiebar, Favorite Local Live Performance, Favorite Entertainer and Favorite Local Group.”

“And one new nickname that’s coming into the local music scene is “Gearheads.” But these fans are more into country music than muscle cars. They have only been around for six months, but the band 5th Gear already has nicknamed their fans and found a growing audience across the state, and into Iowa.”