Capital Region’s March “Music” Madness tourney announced


March Madness is approaching, but instead of basketball, we long for local music.

Nippertown, in partnership with The Spot 518, is launching its inaugural local March “Music” Madness tournament.

The virtual bracketed tournament pits local musicians in friendly competition, vying for bragging rights and the opportunity to win cash money. The seven-week event plays out across the polls with fans voting in to help their band advance to the next round.

The tournament is accepting nominations from local music fans from now until Saturday, February 20th. Nominate your favorite local bands at and yes, you can nominate more than one band.

The Capital District’s music scene has long been appreciated but has recently garnered national attention with several of our own artists featured on national television audiences of “The Voice” and “American Idol.” In 2016, a New York City-based data resource group placed the Tri-City area as No. 6 — one rung behind Austin, Texas — on its nationwide list for the best music scene.

Our local March “Music” Madness will feature 64 musicians/bands from the Capital Region and include artists from every genre. Each will be welcomed to gather their fanbase to help them advance.

Bands have the opportunity to win various cash prizes made available by our sponsors (Denis Entertainment Group, Laboom Entertainment, Putnam Place, The Dona Frank Team Select Sotherby’s Int’l Realty, Nanola, The Hollow Bar + Kitchen, Guthrie/Bell Productions and more…). Prices will be $250 for the Winner, $150 for the Runner-up, and $100 for 3rd and 4th place Semi-finalists. Nippertown is also working with venues to do a special live stream show with the semi-finalists.

To find out about sponsoring the tournament, please email Jim Gilbert at

Voting will take place each week on Nippertown from Wednesday to Saturday. Bands who advance will be announced on Wednesdays in The Spot 518, as well as, on Mike Hallisey (The Spot 518) and Jim Gilbert (Nippertown) will also discuss results live on their Facebook Live program that airs every Wednesday night on Nippertown’s FB page.

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  1. Horace Wilbury says

    Jocelyn and Chris (Arndt) are a must. 2nd choice = Sirsy. #3 = Girl Blue

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