BOOM 2013-2014 Has Begun!
We're back for our 8th annual Battle of Original Music (B.O.O.M! for short), and we've got another $5000 cash to give away!
As we do annually, BOOM will once again consist of four rounds. Each round lasts four weeks; each week a pair of bands will be selected by Artvoice and featured both here on the BOOM website, as well as Artvoice.com, and in the print edition of Artvoice. Local music fans vote on this very website for the band they want to see move on to a live contest. After four weeks, we put those four bands head to head at a live quarterfinal show. Fans in attendance vote for their favorite, and whoever collects the most votes wins the round and move on to the finals. The finals bring together the prior winners from all four rounds for one last live grand finale show, and again fans in attendance will decide on the winner.
For a more detailed explanation on how the contest works, please see the How Boom Works page.
BOOM '13-'14 is now live with our first pair of bands appearing in the December 5th edition of Artvoice! Our four live quarter-final shows will take place at Nietzsche's on January 17, February 28, April 11, and May 23. We'll be returning to the Tralf on June 6th, 2014 for the finals.
Band Registration is OPEN
Band registration is now officially open! It remains open throughout the duration of the contest, but getting your submissions in early on give you more chances to be part of one of the weekly battles. Registration is open to any Western New York area band that plays original music. Every year's contest is a clean slate - so it doesn't matter if you've signed up before or participated before, all are welcome back. (But you must submit a new registration!)
Before you register, make sure you know How BOOM Works. Next, it's important to review the Contest Rules. Lastly, if you need help with your registration, or would like some pointers on how to put the best possible face on by submitting quality materials, check the Registration Help page.
Congratulations Randle and the Late Night Scandals, BOOM 2012-2013 Winners!
BOOM VII began way back in December, 2012. Thirty-two local bands participated in sixteen weeks' of on-line votes, with sixteen bands moving forward and performing live at four quarter-final shows, and finally four finalists emerged at the end and took the stage at Sportsmen's Tavern on June 14th, 2013. Congratulations to Randle and the Late Night Scandals for collecting the most votes at the final. As coincidence has it, they emerged from that very first week of that very first round all the way back in December, and ultimately became the 2012-2013 BOOM grand champions, taking home the $5000 prize!
A very special thanks to our other three finalists, Den of Lions, Well Worn Boot, and Essential Vitamins Crew. Another gigantic thank you to everyone who came out and supported the bands and the contest. It was a fantastic night with some of Buffalo's best musical talent on display.