2016 March Madness – Elite Eight

We are into the fourth round of NYS Music’s March Madness and our field has been whittled down to just 8 bands from across New York State! This friendly tournament style competition runs through the month of March.  Our goal is to bring new bands that you might not know about, but should, to your attention.

The last round was the closest ever with the widest spread being only 43% to 56% and a few races were separated by only 1 or 2%.  Let’s hope this round proves to be equally as exciting.



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 larger 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 the tough choices and put in a wide variety for fans to choose from, there truly is something for everyone.

The Hollow Bar and Kitchen, Buffalo Iron Works, Funk n Waffles and The Waterhole each sponsored a regional bracket this year. And this round those brackets will each have their winner as we enter into the Final Four next week.  These venues represent the best of what New York State has to offer and they celebrate music by allowing local and touring bands to perform for growing scenes across the state.


The Iron Works region finals are:

Blind Owl Band (jamgrass) vs Sly Fox and the Hustlers (blues funk rock)

Funk n Waffles final matchups are:

Waydown Wailers (roots rock) vs Folk Faces (folk jazz)

The Hollow Bar and Kitchen region has:

Sprocket (jam) vs Northern Faces (indie)

The Waterhole region finals give us:

Chris James & Mama G (Ameribeat) vs Big Mean Sound Machine (Afrobeat/dance)

Round 4, or the Elite Eight, voting begins at 12 noon EST on Friday, March 18 and closes at midnight on Sunday, March 20. Final Four voting begins at 12 noon on Tuesday, March 18 for the regional champions. 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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