Artvoice's Battle of Original Music

Round 2 Live Showdown coming Friday, February 27th


Week 1 Winners: The Proles


Week 2 Winners: Erica Wolfling


Week 3 Winners: The Beggar's Best


Week 4 Winners: Wacko Fest

Congratulations to our four Round 2 Quarterfinalists! The four bands above all won their respective weekly on-line votes, earning them a spot at our Round 2 Live Showdown coming Friday, February 27th at Nietzsche's (248 Allen St.) That night, we'll get to see them live and in person, and every fan through the door will receive a ballot to cast a vote for their favorite performance. The winner will move on to the Grand Finale in June, joining our Round 1 winners Intent to Sell, and our to be determined Round 3 and 4 winners for a chance to win $5000! Doors are at 10PM, cover is $5 at the door, and this is an ages 21+ event (no exceptions!) Best of luck to the bands, and we can't wait to see everyone on the 27th!

BOOM is Back for 2014-2015!

We're gearing up for our ninth annual installment of the Artvoice Battle of Original Music (or BOOM! for short.)

BOOM takes place over approximately 6 months from December 2014 to June 2015, and will consist of four rounds and a grand finale. The grand finale is a winner takes all event where we'll crown a new BOOM champion and they'll take home a prize package including $5000 cash. For more information on the format of the BOOM contest, take a look at the How BOOM Works page.

Band Registration Remains Open

As of November 2014, the band registration is open. We welcome Buffalo area bands who play original music to sign up. Each year is a clean slate, so it doesn't matter if you have participated in BOOM in the past, we'd love to have you sign up again and take a listen to what you've been up to. If you have signed up in the past, you will need to sign up again for this contest - we don't carry old registrations over to the new year's contest. Registration remains open throughout the contest, but bands that sign up early in the contest naturally have more opportunity to be picked to participate.

Make sure to review the Contest Rules before signing up, and it's a good idea to read the Registration Help for some pointers on how to put your best foot forward.

Dates to Remember

The official start of the contest - our first weekly battle - takes place December 4th, both here on the web, and in Artvoice. The quarterfinal live shows will take place at Nietzsche's and are: January 16, 2015 (Round 1), February 27 (Round 2), April 10 (Round 3), May 22 (Round 4). The grand finale will take place at The Tralf on June 5th, 2015.

Congratulations BOOM 2014-2015 Winners, Folkfaces!


Emerging from the second week of the first round of the 2014-2015 contest, Folkfaces went on to win the Round 1 Live Showdown back on January 17th at Nietzsche's, earning them a slot in the finals. On June 6th they received the most votes at the Tralf during our Grand Finale show, and took home the $5000 prize. As part of their prize they also receive a slot at 107.7FM's Kerfuffle in July, 2014, where they performed along side national touring artists Bear Hands, Big Data, Bleachers, Brick + Mortar, Cage The Elephant, The Crystal Method, KONGOS, and Semi Precious Weapons.

A huge thank you and job well done to our other finalists, Pine Fever, The Naturalists, and The Heavenly Chillbillies. Combined, they set a new BOOM attendance record at the Grand Finale, with over 400 fans showing up in support.

BOOM would not be possible without our vibrant local music scene, including bands and fans alike. So in no particular order, thanks goes out to the over 60 bands who signed up for this year's contest, the 32 who were selected to participate in on-line battles, the 10,000+ fans that casted votes on-line throughout the contest, the 16 bands who played 4 live quarterfinal shows and all the fans who attended, and of course our four finalist bands and everyone in attendance at the Grand Finale. Special thanks to Alternative Buffalo 107.7FM for sweetening this year's prize pot, and to Nietzsche's and The Tralf for providing us a space to showcase our local talent.