Flipping Burger Beats Into a Battle of the Congressional Bands

Posted February 5, 2015 at 11:00am

Shake Shack — still coming off its price-doubling IPO high, no doubt — is looking to spread some love by giving local bands a shot at nationwide exposure via its “Burger Beats” contest.  

The aspiring musicians who make the final cut stand to have their signature sound spotlighted on Shake Shack’s constantly evolving Spotify playlist.  


According to the fast-food giant’s Facebook page , the only real restriction is that any would-be performers must be located within the burger baron’s gradually expanding orbit, a community that currently includes: Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, Connecticut, Florida, Las Vegas, New Jersey, New York, Philadelphia and, you guessed it, Washington, D.C.  

Which means congressional crooners are in play. So, if you’re down with the pop-y vibe Canadian indie rockers Alvvays tend to put out there,  

Then grooving to the covers of Top 40 hits cranked out by Reps. Collin C. Peterson, D-Minn., Stephen Fincher, R-Tenn., and the revolving door of solons and staff that have rotated through the “Second Amendments” over the years might not be entirely out of the question.  

Prefer to lose yourself in the trippy, echoing cascade of TV Girl’s “Birds Don’t Sing”?  

Then try wrapping your head around the free-form freakiness that Texas Democrat Beto O’Rourke and his then-band mates flew under the banner of “Foss.”  

Can’t get enough of Jack White’s hauntingly melodic (with just a hint of Southern-fried twang to it) “Alone in My Home”?  

Then let retired Rep. David R. Obey, D-Wis., and his supporting cast, “The Capitol Offenses,” transport you to folksier days of yore.  

Their styles couldn’t be more different (electronica versus barbershop quartet).  

But the martial artist tirelessly whirling about in POP ETC’s “Running in Circles” video has got nothing on the gyrating gents known as the “Singing Senators.”  

Finally, with Mardi Gras just around the corner, HOH advises everyone to heed the words of the jazzy, bouncy Rebirth Brass Band and “Do Whatcha Wanna” for the rest of the day.  

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