Welcome to Round 2 of NYS Music’s March Madness! This tournament-style competition includes the remaining 32 bands and artists who call Upstate New York their home.
This year’s 4 regions are based on genres of music – Funk/Jam/Reggae, Metal/Rock, Bluegrass/Folk/Americana and Indie/EDM. Each region has 16 Upstate New York bands in their respective region, battling it out to reach the Final Four and claim this year’s title. Bands were chosen based upon their origins in Upstate and popularity in their respective genres.
In the first round, nearly all Metal/Rock underdogs beat the top seeds, while reigning champ Lucid fell to Mister F in the Jam/Funk/Reggae region. Almost every top seed moves on in the Indie/EDM region while a very competitive Folk/Bluegrass/Americana/Country region has a mix of underdogs and favorites alike.
Round 2 voting begins March 20 at Noon and ends at midnight on Monday March 23. Round three begins March 24, with additional rounds announced on the NYS Music Facebook page.