Musikarmageddon’s Last Stage Approaches

Finals are set for Sept. 26

Sometimes it’s raw talent. Sometimes it’s sheer volume.

But it’s always something.

Take it from the Musikarmageddon judges, the ones who return each year to help score the area’s biggest battle of the bands. They will tell you: There is something that sticks out with each series, a theme that distinguishes each year’s competition.
This year it’s variety.

In all of its nine years, Musikarmageddon has never seen quite the diversity of acts that it has in this year’s competition. Last month’s semi-final rounds offered audiences everything from lively country and pop to heavy rock and hip-hop.

On Saturday night, Sept. 26, the final four competing bands will perform one last time, with the winning act being decided by a combination of audience vote and judges’ scores.
Poor Yorick, Weekday Warriors, The Jolly What and It Is What It Is will face off at the baby grand, with the highest-scoring band joining the ranks of past winners such as Minshara, Glim Dropper and New Sweden.

The Jolly What was the first act to make it to the finals. On Aug. 6, they out-performed Country by Night and Game Seven at Kelly’s Logan House.

The next night saw another well-attended show at World Cafe Live at The Queen. Although Maiden Names scored highest with the judges, It Is What It Is won the audience vote, propelling them to first. Galaxy 13 came in second in overall scoring.

During competition the following Friday night (Aug. 14) at 1984, Weekday Warriors won both the audience vote and the favor of the judges, although both Lifestream and Bearmouth brought respectable crowds as well.

The semi-finals concluded the next day, Aug. 15, at the Oddity Bar. Despite strong performances by Fuzzy Snakefoot and Mark Thousands, Poor Yorick doubled down on audience vote and judges’ scoring.

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