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Dear Havanah wins battle of bands

By Mark Shanahan & Meredith Goldstein
Globe Staff / February 1, 2011

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An all-star panel of judges turned out for the sixth annual Ryan J. Lariviere Memorial Battle of the Bands at Showcase Live on Sunday night. “American Idol’’ alum and Marstons Mills native Siobhan Magnus, former Patriot Doug Flutie, Cape Cod percussionist Martin Vasquez, Boston Music Spotlight boss Rory Flynn, and music producer Anthony J. Resta, who has worked with Elton John, Perry Ferrell, and on the popular “Twilight’’ soundtracks, chose the winner of the night’s talent search, which benefited the memorial fund named for Lariviere, a 21-year-old musician who died in 2003 after a car accident. The night’s big winner was Dear Havanah, a Boston rock act chosen from eight semifinalists. The band gets a prize package valued at $10,000 and that includes recording time. Aerosmith’s Tom Hamilton, who was supposed to serve as a judge, couldn’t make the show but did record an apology video for the crowd explaining that he only skipped the event because he’s recording with Aerosmith. That seems like an acceptable excuse.