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 augustachronicle.com/AMPED – 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