Upstateology Breakdown: This might be the toughest region to come out of. You have a metal rock god in Dio, 70’s classic rockers Blue Oyster Cult and guitar god Joe Bonamassa in the top 4. moe. is 3rd and has called 315 home for moe.down since 1999. Joanne Shenandoah celebrates the Oneida Nation heritage and has won a Grammy for her singing while Martin Sexton’s songwriting and singing have made him a national touring act of great influence. Bluegrass legend Tony Trischka, Syracuse University product Ra Ra Riot and Geneva’s own Gym Class Heroes all pose serious threats with large fan bases to support these acts. A variety of sounds fill out the next few slots, with thick funk from Sophistafunk, jamgrass from Floodwood, classic 90’s jam band Dexter Grove and Los Blancos who have won many regional awards for their blues. Rapper/beatboxer Joe Driscoll and bluegrass band Birdseed Bandits round out this region that will surely be a tough one to emerge victorious from. Best of luck to the 315 bands! – Pete Mason
All 8 polls for the bracket are listed below – make sure you vote for each!
1 Ronnie James Dio v 16 Birdseed Bandits
2 Blue Oyster Cult v 15 Joe Driscoll
3 moe. v 14 House on a Spring
4 Joe Bonamassa v 13 Los Blancos
5 Joanne Shenandoah v 12 Dexter Grove
6 Martin Sexton v 11 Floodwood
7 Tony Trischka v 10 Sophistafunk
8 Ra Ra Riot v 9 Gym Class Heroes
Polls are now closed! Stay tuned for Round 2 matchups coming Friday, March 21st!