Two Darkgreene Entertainment Bands Go Head-to-Head in 'Ambassadors of Rock' Contest

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Best Detroit Band to be Determined Thursday, April 23 at Hard Rock Café Detroit

This is the finals, which means Lies Unknown and Ingray are the best in Detroit right now. That's what the 'Ambassadors of Rock' competition is all about

Alex Greene of Darkgreene Entertainment faces a dilemma, but it's one any band promoter would envy.

Two bands managed by Darkgreene ( will compete against each other in the Hard Rock Café Detroit's "Ambassadors of Rock" contest finals. The bands - Ingray and Lies Unknown - beat out six other Detroit-area bands in separate competitions earlier this month. Judges will determine the best band when they go head-to-head Thursday, April 23 at the Hard Rock Café Detroit. The winner will represent Detroit in national competition involving bands from 20 other Hard Rock venues.

"This is the finals, which means Lies Unknown and Ingray are the best in Detroit right now. That's what the 'Ambassadors of Rock' competition is all about," said Greene.

When his bands entered the local contest, Greene knew both stood a chance to take the contest. But as contests go, only one can win.

"I've managed bands for years, and you rarely hear of something like this happening," said Greene. "It's like being dad. I'm proud of both of these bands and their achievements, and I'm cheering for both. But the morning after the competition, only one will move on."

And which band might that be? After a pause, Greene answered, "Well, we'll know soon enough."

Greene began managing bands in the early '90s, taking time off in 2000 to create and produce the children's television program, "My Bedbugs," which eventually went on to air in 100 million homes across the US and Canada. He resumed managing bands in 2007, first signing Lies Unknown, then Ingray.

The two bands could not be further apart in sound, influences - or origins.

Having made a name for themselves across Europe, Ingray band members came to the US in 2000. Their Led Zeppelin-esque sound has wowed audiences as much as their fashion-model lead singer, Adisa Cizmic. Their second album state-side, "Away," is set for a May 28 release.

By comparison, the Michigan-born-and-raised Lies Unknown has been a crowd pleaser since the release of its self-titled debut album last year. Fronted by lead vocalist Justin Alexander, the band's concert swings easily between hard rock and rockabilly, peppered with the personality of Alexander's boyish stage presence.

Lies Unknown features Justin Alexander on rhythm guitar and vocals; Jamie Allen on lead guitar and harmonies; Sidney on bass and harmonies; and, Enrique "Rico" Sierra on drums.

Ingray is fronted by lead singer Cizmic; bassist Haris Cizmic; Nermin Selmanovic on lead guitar; and, Dave Dupuie on drums.

"Ambassadors of Rock" is an annual competition to promote up-and-coming artists through Hard Rock locations throughout the country. The 2009 grand prize winner will perform at the opening of the Hard Rock Calling restaurant in London along with headliners Bruce Springsteen, Neil Young, Dave Matthews Band and others in late June. Locally, "Ambassadors of Rock" is sponsored by Hard Rock Café Detroit and 93.9 FM The River. Tickets for the all-ages show are $5. Doors open at 7 p.m.

For more information on the "Ambassadors of Band" contest, reach the Hard Rock Café Detroit at (313) 964-ROCK. Hard Rock Café is located on the first floor of the Compuware Building, 45 Monroe Street in Detroit.

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