The Sweet Sixteen of NYS Music 2016 March Madness

We are into Round 3 of NYS Music’s March Madness and our field is down to 16 bands from across New York State! This friendly tournament style competition runs 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 also to 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 March Madness. Instead, the bands who are on the cusp of greatness are the stars of this year’s tournament. There was only room for 64 but we made some great choices and picked a wide array of genres to offer you competition.

We’d like to thank The Hollow Bar and Kitchen, Buffalo Iron Works, Funk n Waffles and The Waterhole for each sponsoring a regional bracket this year. These venues represent the best of what New York State has to offer and they all celebrate music by allowing local and touring bands to perform for growing scenes across the state.


Third round matchups in the Iron Works region include:

Stellar Young (Indie) vs Blind Owl Band (jamgrass)
Sophistafunk (funk hip/hop) vs Sly Fox and the Hustlers (blues funk rock)

Funk n Waffles third round matchups are:

Waydown Wailers (roots rock) vs Subsoil (psychedelic hip hop)
Folk Faces (folk jazz) vs Annie In the Water (acoustic rock)

The Hollow Bar and Kitchen region has:

Sprocket (jam) vs Let’s Be Leonard (jam)
Mister F (prog jam rock) vs Northern Faces (indie)

The Waterhole region brings together these matchups:

Super Killer Robots (rock) vs Chris James & Mama G (Ameribeat)
Big Mean Sound Machine (Afrobeat/dance) vs Formula 5 (funk jam)

Round 3 voting begins at 12 noon EST on Tuesday, March 15 and closes at midnight on Thursday, March 17. Round 4 voting begins at 12 noon on Friday, March 18 for the remaining 8 teams. Vote now for your favorites and discover some of the great up and coming music that New York State has to offer!

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