Jason Stout has no intention to be a rock star. The Huntington Beach resident works during the day for a fire sprinkler company, and he insists that his group, the Galway Hooker Band, is just a group of friends playing for fun.
If online voters have their say, though, Stout may feel like a rock star in a few months. His group is a finalist in the Battle of the Bands competition sponsored by Strangford Lough Brewing Co., an Irish beer brand, and the first-place prize is a gig at an upscale restaurant in Las Vegas on St. Patrick’s Day.
It would be a lofty achievement for a band that started a year ago through a Craigslist ad. In November 2008, Stout replied to a posting seeking players for an Irish-style rock band, and the group quickly grew to seven members who play the fiddle, tin whistle and mandolin along with electric guitar and drums.