Artvoice's Battle of Original Music

Congratulations Uncle Ben's Remedy, BOOM 2014-15 Grand Finale Winners!

Artvoice would like to extend our congratulations to this year's Battle of Original Music Grand Champions, Uncle Ben's Remedy!

Uncle Ben's Remedy came through the contest in the first week of Round 4 (see their original appearance, read their bio and listen to a sample here) and went on to win the Round 4 live show held on May 22nd at Nietzsche's. A mere two weeks later, they turned out an even bigger crowd in support at the Grand Finale, held on June 6th at The Tralf Music Hall. Collecting the most votes earned them the $5000 grand prize, and a time slot at the sold out annual 107.7FM Kerfuffle show at Canalside on July 25th, where they'll have the chance to play along side Cake, The Airborn Toxic Event, Civil Twilight, Cold War Kids, and others.

In second place, from Round 1, Week 2, was Intent to Sell (see their original contest appearance here). They'll receive a PreSonus home recording package care of The Guitar Factory and 15 hours studio time care of Chilliam Studios. Runners up Luanjie and Erica Wolfling will also receive 15 hours studio time care of Chilliam Studios.

A huge thank you to all four finalist bands, who truly put on an awesome show in front of an enthusiastic, and record sized BOOM crowd of over 450 that had The Tralf packed to the gills!

Additionally, BOOM would not be possible without the help and participation of so many others, and certainly wouldn't succeed (and grow) year after year without the support of our local music scene - bands and fans alike. In no particular order, thank you to this year's sponsors 107.7 FM, Chilliam Studios and The Guitar Factory. Thank you to Nietzsche's for hosting our four quarter-final rounds, and The Tralf Music Hall for hosting our finals. Thank you to all the bands who signed up for this year's contest, and to the 32 bands who participated. (Check them all out in the contest archives. Each and every one deserves recognition!) Thank you to the 20,000 fans who've participated on the BOOM website, and the over 1,000 who came to this year's live events!

We'll see you all next year!

Bands! Get a Head Start on Next Year

If you're interested in being notified when next year's BOOM starts up, visit the Band Registration page and sign up for our bands only e-mail list. We'll give you first dibs on the contest when we're ready to start back up again.

In Memory, Jonathan M. Cheman, 1978 - 2015

We learned on Monday that Jon Cheman, the songwriter/singer/guitarist in the band Ruthless Tom passed away suddenly in his home in Arcade, NY, on Sunday, March 22. He was 36.

Mike Perks, the band’s drummer, informed us of the sad news via email as the polls were still open in this week’s Artvoice BOOM competition. “It actually makes us want to win the vote even more just for him. He was so excited and happy to be included. He was so looking forward to hearing his song on the radio last night too, but didn’t get the chance,” he wrote.

Ruthless Tom did win this week’s matchup, by a very wide margin.

According to Perks, “Jon had a love for music. He and his various band members produced countless hours of music over the years. He had finally realized his dream of recording in a studio and was about to release his first EP “Shadow View” with his band Ruthless Tom. Jon loved his family and friends more than anything, though. He was a compassionate friend who only wanted what was best for everyone, and for everyone to be happy.”

We at Artvoice would like to express our heartfelt condolences to his family, friends, and bandmates. Memorials can be made to the family.

For a full obituary, visit: