Bands named for March ‘Music’ Madness

More than 150 musicians were nominated for Nippertown’s inaugural March “Music” Madness contest set to go today, Wednesday, Feb. 24.

The slate of names is chock full of the usual suspects sprinkled in with some new names. The tournament will focus more on the up-and-coming names in the scene, purposely excluding larger, touring acts or who have appeared on national television recently. Each will go up against a virtual opponent as fans vote for their favorites in an attempt to run the gauntlet through to the end.

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 after the conclusion of the tournament.

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, Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, and WEXT Radio. 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 features 64 musicians/bands from the Capital Region and includes artists from multiple genres. Each will be welcomed to gather their fanbase to help them advance.

The virtual tournament pits local musicians in friendly competition, vying for bragging rights and the opportunity to win some great prizes. The event goes seven rounds and plays out across weekly polls with music lovers throughout the region voting to help their favorite bands advance to the next round.

Voting will take place each week on 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 8 pm on Nippertown’s FB page.

For more information on the bands, see the list below and please support them by buying their music or merchandise on Bandcamp or their websites.

To vote in Round 1 of the tournament, click here ( Polls are open from Wednesday morning at 10 am to Saturday night at midnight. Any votes logged out of that time period or attempts at ballot stuffing will not count.

Here is printable bracket in PDF: Download here.

The Bands/Artists

Jim Gaudet & The Railroad Boys
Clay People
Russel the Leaf
Drank the Gold
Dirt Church
Mark and Jill Sing The Blues
Warden and Co.
Blue Ranger
Girl Blue
Joe Mansman and The Midnight Revival Band
Zan and the Winter Folk
Buggy Jive
Emcee Graffiti
Sydney Worthley
Kate McDonnell
Geoff Gordon
The Parlor
Promise the Unbreakable
Sam Torres
Candy Ambulance
Citrus Maxima
JB!! aka Dirty Moses
Victory Soul Orchestra
Let’s Be Leonard
Hartley’s Encore
Vince Palmeri
Pink Nois
Angelina Valente
Justin Friello
Glass Pony
The VaVa Voodoos
Bear Grass
A Judgmental Swarm of Bees
Front Biz
Pony in the Pancake
The Jagaloons
C.K. and the Rising Tide
The Pine Boys
Dark Honey
Eastbound Jesus
The Sea The Sea
Corry Loveday
Bad Mothers
Reese Fulmer
Nite Train w/ Thomasina Winslow
The Age
Honey Slider
Ryan Leddick
El Modernist
Joan Kelsey’s Silver Lining
Vinny Michaels
Talia Denis
Sophia Subbayya Vastek

Remember to support the artists, visit their Bandcamp, website, or social media links and listen to their music prior to voting.

To vote… click here!

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