Three semesters after forming, Belmont-based band The Lonely Biscuits is headed to Austin, Texas to perform in South by Southwest after winning a national contest sponsored by MTV.
The group composed of Grady Weinrich, Sam Gidley, John Paterini and Nick Byrd received the Chevrolet Sonic College Artist Woodie Award last week based on an online vote. Now, they are scheduled to kick off the television station’s Woodie Awards special on March 14 at SXSW. The awards ceremony, which includes performances by Macklemore and Lewis and twenty one pilots, will be televised on March 17 at 7 p.m. CST on MTV and MTVu.
“It’s an honor to win the first ever Chevrolet Sonic College Artist Woodie Award,” said the band in a news release. “This is huge for us. We’ve only been a band for a year and a half, so this is definitely the biggest opportunity we’ve gotten and we’re just hoping to take advantage of it and have an awesome time at SXSW.”
According to a statement released by MTV, the band was surprised by a film crew last week. After learning they had won the contest, they were also offered a deal with Hype Music, a music licensing partnership between the cable station and Extreme Music.