716/585 West Region: Vote in the First Round of March Madness!

Upstateology Breakdown: The Western New York region runs deep with talent. There are Grammy winners, trend-setters, up-and-comers, and unique artists up and down the list. Headlining the region is Buffalo’s most well-known export in the Goo Goo Dolls. Nipping right on their heels though is the Superfreak himself, Rick James, the social voice of Ani DiFranco, and death metallers Cannibal Corpse. The next group is just as widely diversified featuring John Valby, aka Dr. Dirty, who’s satirical and obscene approach to music places him far off the beaten path. Brothers Neal and Alan Evans grew up in Buffalo and launched their careers making up 2/3 of the band Soulive. At present, Alan also plays in the Alan Evans Trio and Neal in Lettuce. Snapcase is a hardcore band who are relatively unknown yet have influenced so many of their successors. Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad rounds out the nationally known acts with their roots reggae sound. The second half of the bands demonstrate a strong case for an upset no matter which matchup you look at. From Thunderbody and Buddhahood’s strong fan bases to Aqueous and Smackdab who both received nods in ‘s Best Of’s this past year, every matchup is going to be very interesting with the future region winner still a complete mystery. No matter what happens, this region will surely produce a contender in ‘s March Madness! – Jeremiah Shea

All 8 polls for the bracket are listed below – make sure you vote for each!

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1 Goo Goo Dolls v 16 Smackdab
2 Rick James v 15 Funktional Flow
3 Ani DiFranco v 14 The Manhattan Project
4 Cannibal Corpse v 13 Big Leg Emma
5 Dr. Dirty (John Valby) v 12 Aqueous
6 Neal and Alan Evans (Soulive) v 11 Spyro Gyra
7 Snapcase v 10 Buddhahood
8 Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad v 9 Thunderbody

Polls are now closed! Stay tuned for Round 2 matchups coming Friday, March 21st!