NYS Music March Madness – Round of Eight

Welcome to Round 4 or better known as the “Elite Eight” of NYS Music’s March Madness! This tournament-style competition includes the remaining 8 bands and artists who call New York their home.


This year’s 4 brackets are based on genres of music – Funk/Jam/Reggae, Metal/Rock, Bluegrass/Folk/Americana and Indie/EDM. Each bracket has 16 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 New York 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. The winner of each matchup will move on to the “Final Four” and go head to head with a band from another genres.  In the Folk/Bluegrass/Americana/Country category there are 8) Eastbound Jesus vs. 10) Blind Owl Band. In the EDM/Indie/Other genre are 5) Manhattan Project vs. 3) Jimkata. In the Jam/Funk/Reggae genre check out 1) moe. vs. 6) Conehead Buddha.  Wrapping things up in the Metal/Rock/Punk division are 12) Jesus Christ & the Hallucinogenic Allstars vs. 10) Wild Adriatic.

Round 4 voting begins Friday, March 27 at Noon and ends on Sunday March 29th at midnight. Round 5 (The Final Four) will begin on March 30, with additional rounds announced on the NYS Music Facebook page.


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