Best Local Act Gone National - 2009
Cavo's success is a long time in the making — the modern-rock band has existed in some form since 2001 and honed its chops for years at Blueberry Hill's Duck Room and at now-defunct clubs such as the Hi-Pointe and the Galaxy. But after its song "Champagne" experienced some regional radio success in 2007, Cavo's star began to rise. Warner Bros. expressed interest and eventually signed the quartet to a record deal. Released in August, Cavo's major-label bow, Bright Nights Dark Days — recorded with noted rock producer David Bendeth — debuted at No. 48 on the Billboard charts while the band was on tour with metal legends Mötley Crüe. On the strength of two of Day's best songs — the reissued, just-hit-No. 1 rock single "Champagne" and the Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen soundtrack cut "Let It Go" — Cavo immediately landed more tour dates post-Crüe Fest with Sick Puppies and Daughtry.