Artvoice's Battle of Original Music

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.

Special Holiday Scheduling Note

Because of the Christmas and New Year's holiday, Artvoice's last issue of the year will hit the streets a day early on Wednesday, December 24. That means polls for our Week 3 battle will be shortened by a day, so voting will open on Thursday the 18th and close at the end of the day Monday the 22nd at midnight.

Our first issue of the new year will hit the streets on Thursday, January 8th, so our Week 4 battle will be extended and the polls will remain open through the holidays - opening Wednesday the 24th, and closing end of the day Wednesday, January 7th, at midnight.

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.

Band Registration Is 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.

Congratulations BOOM 2013-2014 Winners, Folkfaces!

Emerging from the second week of the first round of the 2013-2014 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.