Prizes shaping up for upcoming March “Music” Madness tourney

A Who’s Who list of our local music scene has stepped up to sweeten the winnings for the upcoming March “Music” Madness tournament recently announced by Nippertown and The Spot 518.

Bands have the opportunity to win various prizes made available by sponsors, including up to $250 cash and more. Prizes also include the following opportunities:

Top Winner: Three-day session at White Lake Music and Bridge Road Entertainment, including, recording, editing, and mixing package — all studio instruments, equipment, engineer, pre-session consultation provided.

Runner-up: Four-hour recording session at Troy Saving Bank Music Hall.

Top two finalists: Live stream event hosted by High Peaks Event Production, in which bands will receive a high definition recording of the session and a copy of the multi-track recording.

Top four finalists: Streaming event hosted by the Palace Theatre in Albany.

Sponsors include Denis Entertainment Group, Laboom Entertainment, Putnam Place, The Dona Frank Team Select Sotherby’s Int’l Realty, Nanola, The Hollow Bar + Kitchen, Guthrie/Bell Productions, Caffé Lena, The Cock ‘n Bull, and Troy Savings Bank Music Hall. Prices will be $250 for the Winner, $150 for the Runner-up, $100 for 3rd and 4th place Semi-finalists, and $50 for 5th through 8th place. 

Our local March “Music” Madness will feature 64 original musicians/bands from the Capital Region and include artists from every genre. Each will be welcomed to gather their fanbase to help them advance.

The virtual bracketed tournament pits local musicians in friendly competition, vying for bragging rights and the opportunity to win cash money. The seven-week event plays out across the polls with fans and industry experts voting on artists. With the winners of each round advancing in the tournament.

The tournament is accepting nominations from local music fans from now until Saturday, February 20th. Nominate your favorite local bands at and yes, you can nominate more than one band.

Voting will take place each week on Nippertown from Wednesday to Saturday. Bands who advance will be announced on Wednesdays in The Spot 518, as well as, on Michael Hallisey (The Spot 518) and Jim Gilbert (Nippertown) will also discuss results live on their Facebook Live program that airs every Wednesday night at 8pm on Nippertown’s FB page.

Nippertown, in partnership with The Spot 518, is launching its inaugural local March “Music” Madness tournament.

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