Local Music Tournament Marches into the Sweet Sixteen

Things are beginning to heat up in our local version of the March Music Madness tournament this week. Your votes in the first two rounds have narrowed the field of 64 local, original artists down to the Sweet Sixteen. Now how do you choose between notables like The Sea The Sea and last year’s winner, Glass Pony? Or the Battle of Troy when Super 400 faces Girl Blue. Any one of these sixteen artists could go all the way and it just demonstrates how talented our local music scene really is… so make sure you vote for your favorites.

Everyone that wins this round will also win $100. That’s right, we are paying out cash to the top eight bands…

Look closely at the list of bands, there is literally something for everyone. Voting has been extremely close. Last week three matchups were decided by less than 30 votes and one contest was separated by only one vote.

Most importantly, remember to support ALL the artists, visit their Bandcamp pages, check into their websites or social media, and give a listen to their music prior to voting. Go see them live and buy merch, and if you like what you hear – share them with your friends and family. Music is love, so spread the love.

Without further ado. Your Sweet Sixteen…

The Bands/Artists

Bands (Bracket 1)Links
Erin Harkes
Playin’ with Fire
ShortWave RadioBand
Bands (Bracket 2)Links
Pony in the Pancake
Candy Ambulance
Zan and the Winter Folk
Caity Gallagher
Bands (Bracket 3)Links
The Sea The Sea
Glass Pony
Annie In the Water
Bands (Bracket 4)Links
The Abyssmals
Bad Mothers
Super 400
Girl Blue

Round 3 voting started at 10 a.m. (today) Wednesday, March 9th, and polls close at midnight on Saturday, March 12th. Bands who advance will be announced every Wednesday in The Spot 518 newspaper, as well as on Nippertown.com. The Crew on Nippertown will also discuss results live on their program that airs every Wednesday night at 7 pm on their FacebookYouTubeTwitter, and Twitch channels.

Here is a print-friendly bracket:

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.

Top Four Winners: The opportunity to play the Summer on Central Concert Series at The Linda – WAMC’s Performing Arts Center in the month of August.

Sponsors include a dozen returning from last year: White Lake MusicDenis Entertainment GroupPutnam PlaceThe Dona Frank TeamNanolaThe HollowGuthrie/Bell ProductionsCaffé LenaTroy Music HallThe LindaHigh Peaks Event Production, and WEXT Radio, as well as four new sponsors, Cohoes Music HallRare Form BrewingEmpire Live, Lark Hall, and 102.7 WEQX. 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. 

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