We are into Round 2 of NYS Music March Madness and our field is down to 32 bands from across New York State! This friendly tournament style competition throughout the month of March, bringing new bands you should know about to your attention.
These are bands you might not know about, but should know about. Recommended for inclusion in our field of 64 by the NYS Music staff, we hit every corner of New York State, from Long Island to Buffalo, The Catskills to the North Country and all points in between, NYS Music March Madness is a great way to discover a new and upcoming band and show your support and love for bands you see often. Established bands who have gained a massive audience are not included in this year’s competition, instead the bands who are on the cusp of greatness are the stars of this year’s March Madness. There was only room for 64 but we made some great choices and picked a wide array of genres to bring to you this year.
We’d like to thank The Hollow Bar and Kitchen, Buffalo Iron Works, Funk n Waffles and The Waterhole for sponsoring a regional bracket this year. These venues represent the best of what New York State has to offer and celebrate music while inviting local and touring bands to perform for growing local scenes across the state.
Second round matchups in the Iron Works region include:
Stellar Young (Indie) vs Funktional Flow (funk n jam)
Blind Owl Band (jamgrass) vs King Buffalo (stoner/psych rock)
Sophistafunk (funk hip/hop) vs Lucky Jukebox Brigade (Indie pop punk)
Sly Fox and the Hustlers (blues funk rock) vs North and South Dakotas (bluegrass/folk/y’allternative)
Funk n Waffles second round matchups are:
Waydown Wailers (roots rock) vs Last Daze (alt)
Castle Creek (blues rock) vs Subsoil (psychedelic hip hop)
Folk Faces (folk jazz) vs Dirty Smile (rock)
Bump (rock) vs Annie In the Water (acoustic rock)
The Hollow Bar and Kitchen region has:
The Waterhole region brings together these matchups:
Root Shock (roots reggae) vs Super Killer Robots (rock)
Chris James & Mama G (Ameribeat) vs Unknown Woodsman (funklove)
Space Carnival (slippery disco) vs Big Mean Sound Machine (Afrobeat/dance)
The Lawn Sausages (garagepunkschlockglam) vs Formula 5 (funk jam)
Second Round voting begins at 12 noon EST on Friday, March 11, and closes at midnight on Sunday, March 13. The Third Round begins at 12 noon on Tuesday, March 15 with the remaining 16 teams. Vote now for your favorites and discover some of the great up and coming music that New York State has to offer!
Iron Works Bracket
Funk n Waffles Bracket
The Hollow Bracket