Voting for 2013 AMPED Music Contest open



It’s time.

Voting in round one of AMPED: The Augusta Chronicle Music Contest opens today, July 11, (we just couldn’t wait until July 15), and this year’s crop of acts is as strong as it is diverse.

Ranging in style from hip-hop to hard rock and in influence from Marvin Gaye to Marshall Tucker, this year’s entries are a testament to the deep and always interesting pool of talent in the Augusta area.

Voting this year – online at – will be handled a little differently. Anyone can listen, but you’ll need to register so you can vote for up to six songs in round one. After the first round, the entries will be cut to 12 – six by popular vote and six critics picks – and the ballots will be cleared for second-round voting to commence Aug. 12. Again, registered voters will be allowed to vote – one time, for up to three acts.

The six finalists will perform at the Official Sky City Preview Show and then on stage at the Arts in the Heart of Augusta festival.

Be sure to vote and invite your friends to listen and vote, too – for your efforts, you’ll be entered to win passes to Arts in the Heart in September to hear the finalists perform live.

Here’s a look at this year’s line-up in random order, with the artist(s), song title and a description:

Dayz to Come – Everything, Contemporary Christian rock

Kevin Foster – What Can We Do About It … (Can You Tell Me), socially conscious R&B

Craig Hendricks – Leaving Me and Dixie, tear-in-beer acoustic country

Mike Frost and Lauren Meccia – I Don’t Need You (But I Want You), funky jazz fusion

Nikia Star and Chad Hoffman – Drifter, muscular acoustic pop

Ella J – SuperStar, empowered R&B

Kenneith Perrin – Keep, lyrical R&B

Sasquatch Blue – Seasons of Discontent, confessional rock

Billy S. – Tremble, energetic acoustic rock

Robin Dixon and the Midnight Moon Band – It Ain’t Gonna, bluesy barroom rock

D. Blaze – Day Dreaming, piano-driven hip-hop

The Gilded Youth – I Never See You, funk/rock combo

The Wackadoos – Obama Lama, bluesy novelty

Cameras, Guns & Radios – Jump In, propulsive pop-rock

Ippie Music – Anything, smooth rock ballad

Chris Hardy – She’s a Loud Thinker, quirky acoustic rock

The Smokin’ Guns – GRU Blues, topical electric blues

The Hollerers – Close, melodic electric rock

Garrick – She’s a Beauty, heavy Southern rock

In Limbo – Purgatory, funky college rock

Dallas Duff – Perfect Ten, electric country rock

The Remedy – How We Roll, Christian roadhouse rock

Holiday Away – Sunny Skies, pop-punk

Leon Cominsky – Riding On, Nashville-style country

Beautiful Agony – Take a Little Time, Neo-emo rock

Burnt Bacon – Memorial Day, patriotic rock

The Lovecrafts – Timrod Park, power pop

Dr. Bob with Kristie McCue – Phoenix, psychedelic rock

She N She – Secrets, acoustic folk rock

Eskimojitos – Golden Gate, melodic rock

James Randall – Loved Like Us, folky solo acoustic

Go to the 2013 AMPED ballot