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CALL FOR ARTISTS: SMASHBURGER SEEKS LOCAL BAND FOR MAY 16, 2009 GIG

Fast-Casual Burger Restaurant to Host Twin Cities Most Smashing Band Contest

(MINNEAPOLIS, MINN.) – Come this May, Smashburger will be bringing Twin Cities burger lovers a better burger. The restaurant is hosting the Most Smashing Band Competition to find some great entertainment to kick off its Minnesota debut. Created for true burger fanatics, Smashburger is a fast-casual concept that is leading the better burger market in Colorado, Texas, and Kansas. Minnesota’s first Smashburger location will open at 3900 Silver Lake Road in Minneapolis on May 9, 2009.

Most Smashing Band Competition
Entry deadline: Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Gig date: Saturday, May 16, 2009, 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.
3900 Silverlake Road, Minneapolis
www.mysmashburger.com/bands

Think your band has what it takes? Here’s how to get in the running:
1. Upload a video of you/your band performing (PG, please) to YouTube by Wednesday, April 15.
2. Send the link, your contact information, and any questions to bands@mysmashburger.com.

Finalists will be notified of their inclusion in the competition.

The Most Smashing Band will be chosen by the public through online voting, which runs April 20 through May 11.

The Most Smashing Band will be announced Wednesday, May 13. Be sure to log onto www.mysmashburger.com/bands to see how your band is faring and remind your friends to vote.

The winning band will play a one-hour set at 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 16, 2009 and if you will work for burgers, this could be the gig for you. Local media will be invited to this event and bands’ videos will be posted on the national Smashburger website. A large crowd is anticipated, and there is potential for media coverage for the grand opening. Bands are responsible for transporting their own instruments and taking care of any sound equipment needs.

About Smashburger
Headquartered in Denver, CO, Smashburger is an innovative fast-casual restaurant concept featuring “the best burgers you ever tasted.” Developed and owned by private equity and concept development firm Consumer Capital Partners (CCP), Smashburger has sold significant franchise agreements that assure 200-plus locations over the next four years. The franchise deals are part of Smashburger’s national expansion plans to open 500 restaurants across the country, with 30-60 of those scheduled for 2009. If you crave a better burger, keep watching for Smashburger – coming to your community soon. To learn more about building a better burger, please visit www.mysmashburger.com.

About Consumer Capital Partners
Denver-based Consumer Capital Partners (CCP) is an innovative private investment and concept development firm focused on multi-unit retail businesses, primarily in the restaurant, liquor, food, and leisure industries. CCP has deep experience in the fields of private equity, brand, concept and product development, and strategic consulting. To learn more about CCP, please visit www.consumercp.com.

For details or to set up an interview with a Smashburger executive, please contact Kate Nelson (kate@lolaredpr.com) or Alexis Walsko (alexis@lolaredpr.com) with Lola Red PR at 612.333.1723.