NYS Music March Madness – Round of 16

The Sweet Sixteen is complete! Pop on over to the Round of 8 to vote for your favorites!

Welcome to Round 3 or better known as the “Sweet Sixteen” of NYS Music’s March Madness! This tournament-style competition includes the remaining 16 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.


Since we are including all the genres together and you may not be familiar with all the bands, please take some time to check them out. In the Folk/Bluegrass/Americana/Country category there is 8) Eastbound Jesus vs. 4) Floodwood and 11) North & South Dakotas vs. 10) Blind Owl Band. In the EDM/Indie/Other genre are 1) Ani Difranco vs. 5) Manhattan Project and 3) Jimkata vs. 2) Phantogram. In the Jam/Funk/Reggae genre check out 1) moe. vs. 4) Giant Panda and 6) Conehead Buddha vs. 7) Sophistafunk.  Wrapping things up in the Metal/Rock/Punk division are 16) Hard Soul vs. 12) Jesus Christ & the Hallucinogenic Allstars and 14) Brick by Brick vs. 10) Wild Adriatic.

Round 3 voting began March 24 at Noon and ends at midnight on Thursday March 26th at midnight. Round four (Elite 8) will begin on March 27, with additional rounds announced on the NYS Music Facebook page.


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