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BOOM Round 4, Week 4: Jess Chizuk vs. Greg Barresi

Wed, 05/06/2015 - 15:54 -- webmaster

The polls have been closed for this pair of bands. Congratulations to Jess Chizuk for collecting the most votes in this battle!

BOOM isn't just about picking favorites - it's also about promoting and supporting local music. Even though it's too late to vote, get to know the bands below, give them a listen, and if you hear something you like the best way to show support is to check them out in person when possible!

You can find more weekly battles in the BOOM Archives!

Jess Chizuk

Greg Barresi

Band bio: Hailing from Buffalo, NY, Jess Chizuk is a singer/songwriter with indie-folk roots. Jess’ music is soulful and genuine, with a contagious energy underneath airy, graceful vocals that have been captivating people across Western New York. At shows today, the young Buffalo Music Award Nominee and Yellen Foundation Songwriting Award Winner complements her voice with nothing but an acoustic guitar and relatable, catchy original songs.

You might like us if: You like Jim Croce, Janis Joplin, Simon and Garfunkel, and the Beatles.

Why you should win the Online Battle of Original Music: I can hold my own against even full bands. Plus, I’m about five foot two and I look much younger than I actually am. Nobody ever expects me to be able to sing or play the way I do. There’s nothing I won’t do to chase this dream of mine as far as I can take it.


Band bio: I started playing guitar at the age of 5 when I asked for a guitar for Christmas. On Christmas morning I cried when I discovered that I’d gotten one of those fake plastic toy guitars with buttons and knobs that did all the playing for you. When they realized the agony this put me in they got me a real guitar and I never let a button do the work for me again.

You might like us if: Old Folk, Classic Country, Early Jazz

Why you should win the Online Battle of Original Music: Well, I’m not certain that I SHOULD win BOOM. But a vote for Greg Barresi is a vote for someone who’s not trying to be like anyone else and can’t help but be exactly like everyone else. So it’s kind of like voting for yourself.


What did you think about this week's contestants? Feel free to discuss below. Please keep comments friendly, and please remember a comment is not the same as a vote - if you'd like to vote, cast your ballot above!