Bands Announced for 2022 March ‘Music’ Madness

Over 100 musicians and bands were nominated for this year’s Nippertown March “Music” Madness contest set to go today, Wednesday, February 23rd.

While there are some very recognizable names on the list, some notables, such as Jocelyn & Chris and Plush, were purposely left off. The tournament focuses more on up-and-coming names, or those making a resurgence in the scene, purposely excluding larger, touring acts or those who have appeared on the national stage. 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 $500 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.

Top Winner: A spot on the Main Stage of NipperFest 2022.

More prizes will be added in the weeks to come.

Sponsors include a dozen returning from last year: White Lake Music, Denis Entertainment Group, Putnam Place, The Dona Frank Team, Nanola, The Hollow, Guthrie/Bell Productions, Caffé Lena, Troy Music Hall, The Linda, High Peaks Event Production, and WEXT Radio, as well as four new sponsors, Cohoes Music Hall, Rare Form Brewing, Empire Live, and Lark Hall. Prices will be $500 for the Winner, $300 for the Runner-up, $200 for 3rd and 4th place Semi-finalists, and $100 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 The Crew on Nippertown will also discuss results live on their program that airs every Wednesday night at 7 pm on their Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, and Twitch channels.

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 outside of that time period or attempts at ballot stuffing will not count.

Here is a print-friendly bracket: Click Here

The Bands/Artists

Bands (Bracket 1)Links
Senior Living
Dylan Perrillo
The Phoenix and the Raven
Erin Harkes
The Great Pacific Garbage Patch
Sydney Worthley
Playin’ with Fire
JB!! aka Dirty Moses
El Modernist
Madeline Darby
Under the Den
Northern Borne
ShortWave RadioBand
Ryan Leddick
Bands (Bracket 2)Links
Sly Fox and the Hustlers
Kate McDonnell
Pony in the Pancake
Justin Friello
Mark and Jill Sing The Blues
Candy Ambulance
Vince Palmeri
Warden and Co.
Zan and the Winter Folk
Joe Mansman and
The Midnight Revival Band
Silver Chain
Caity Gallagher
Sunset Grin
Bands (Bracket 3)Links
The Sea The Sea
Freedom Stratton
Jim Gaudet & The Railroad Boys
Josh Casano
Glass Pony
Carolyn Shapiro
Annie In the Water
Haley Moley
Bands (Bracket 4)Links
Buggy Jive
Reese Fulmer
The Abyssmals
Lucas Garrett
Bad Mothers
Brule County Bad Boys
Doctor Baker
Super 400
Angelina Valente
Dirt Church
Cosby Gibson
Fine Grain
Insolent Willies
Girl Blue
The Jagaloons

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!

Note to bands/artists: If your links are incomplete or incorrect, submit updates at

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