And then there were two … We started with 64 New York State bands who are all ready to make a name for themselves outside their local scenes. These fresh faces were spread over many genres and all over The Empire State. In fact, our Final Four represented four distinct regions around the state; Folkfaces in Buffalo, Big Mean Sound Machine from Ithaca, Sly Fox and the Hustlers representing the Capital Region and Sprocket from New York City.
But only two bands could make it to the finals, so congratulations to the blues-rock stylings of Sly Fox and the Hustlers and Brooklyn’s newest jam sensation, Sprocket.
Sly Fox and the Hustlers is a high-energy blues/funk band band out of the Capital Region. The band formed in 2010 and has shared the stage with many notable names within their genre, such as Blues Traveler, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Robin Trower, and Soulive’s Sam Kininger. Their latest full-length LP American Gypsy was released earlier this year and is available on their website.
Brooklyn’s jam quartet, Sprocket, was conceived in late 2011 and didn’t work their way out of the city scene until 2014. They released their debut album Tropical Bushwick last March and have headlined NYC’s The Knitting Factory, Webster Hall Studio and the Mercury Lounge.
Buffalo Iron Works, Funk ‘n Waffles, The Hollow Bar and Kitchen, and The Waterhole each sponsored a regional bracket this year and we’d like to thank them and all the venues that support local, original music around the state.
The Finals voting starts at noon EST on Friday, March 25 and ends at midnight on Sunday, March 27. Vote now for your favorites!