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Tennessee's Mona helping make Vegas summer rock

You know that powerful and upbeat rock song you hear in Las Vegas' summer commercial TV spots? If you've seen the spots, you certainly know it. (And if you haven't, well, here you go, courtesy of the official Las Vegas YouTube channel):

OK, so you know the song. But do you know the title and artist? It's "Listen to Your Love" by Nashville rockers Mona, whose self-titled debut album has already helped them earn MTV's Brand New for 2011 Award. Sure, that's no guarantee for superstardom, but consider this: The act that won the award last year ... just some kid by the name of Justin Bieber.

Mona -- frontman/guitarist Nick Brown, bass player Zach Lindsey, drummer Vince Gard and guitarist Jordan Young -- is touring this summer and will be in Vegas this Sunday night, accompanying Airborne Toxic Event at the House of Blues inside Mandalay Bay.

Brown and Gard grew up in Dayton, Ohio, and Lindsey is from Bowling Green. When Brown and Gard were looking to embark on a career in music, they moved to Nashville because, as Brown explains, "It was five hours' drive away as opposed to 14 hours to New York or 26 hours to LA. And way cheaper. We're a bunch of poor kids."

They ran into Lindsey on the local scene and he introduced them to Young, completing the quartet.

"Now we're four horses pulling the carriage," says Brown, who's worked on the "idea" for Mona for years ?? not least because the band is named after his grandmother. "There's a lot of people that wanted to be in this band. There's a lot of people that locally support this band. But as far as having people that understand their roles, and being happy with their roles, it's chemistry, man. It's just like a relationship. It's a marriage."

And their song, "Listen to Your Love," is a perfect marriage for summer in Las Vegas. It's upbeat, loud and fun. Check out Mona this weekend in Vegas and at http://monatheband.com.

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