Round 1 is done in AMPED: The Augusta Chronicle Music Contest.
Thirty-one entries of original music have been pared down to the following 12 semifinalists (in random order, with artists, song title and description):
Mike Frost and Lauren Meccia – I Don’t Need You (But I Want You), funky jazz fusion
She N She – Secrets, acoustic folk rock
Dallas Duff – Perfect Ten, electric country rock
D. Blaze – Day Dreaming, piano-driven hip-hop
Dayz to Come – Everything, contemporary Christian rock
Ella J – SuperStar, empowered R&B
Robin Dixon and the Midnight Moon Band – It Ain’t Gonna, bluesy barroom rock
Chris Hardy – She’s a Loud Thinker, quirky acoustic rock
Garrick – She’s a Beauty, heavy Southern rock
Eskimojitos – Golden Gate, melodic rock
The Wackadoos – Obama Lama, bluesy novelty
The Remedy – How We Roll, Christian roadhouse rock
Online voting in Round 2 at augustachronicle.com/AMPED runs Aug. 12-26.
Again, listen to the original songs and vote once for your favorite three. The three popular-vote picks and three critics’ picks will advance to the final round to perform at the Official Sky City Preview Show and in the finals on stage for the crowd at the Arts in the Heart of Augusta Festival.