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Round 4, Week 2: Fleet Street vs. Bryan Johnson & Family

B.O.O.M! Round 4, Week 2

Congratulations to our Round 4, Week 1 winners: Sleepless City!

Congratulations to Sleepless City for winning this week’s online vote. With that win, they secure a spot in the next BOOM Live Showdown, coming up on April 7 at Nietzsche’s.

For those of you who aren’t familiar with BOOM, here’s how it works: Local original music acts visit the website. There, they can learn how easy it is to enter the contest. Number one, it’s free. That out of the way, all a band has to do is supply a digital photo, a digital song track, and answer a few questions about themselves. This is all done in a matter of minutes.

Each week from those submissions we choose two acts to go head-to-head against one another. Then, local music fans visit the same page where they can click on the band they prefer.

The most successful bands are those that not only have created a cool sound, but have also cultivated a loyal fanbase that will go to the website and vote for them. Fans only have from Thursday when the paper hits the street until the following Tuesday at midnight to register their vote. By the following morning, those votes are counted, and the band with the most votes wins a spot on the bill at the next live BOOM Bash. The next one happens to be scheduled for Saturday, April 7 at Nietzsche’s—one of the area’s top live music venues. There, audience members are issued a ballot at the door which they can then cast for their favorite act. At the end of the night, the band that garners the most votes wins a spot in the BOOM Grand Finale—an event that will be described in a moment.

The process then repeats three more times—two bands facing off against one another—until we have four finalists for each upcoming BOOM Bash. Along the way, a total of eight local original acts get exposed to a wider audience every month by simply participating in the contest.

But the fun doesn’t end there. For, once we have the four winners from these live BOOM Bashes, we send them all into the crucible of public opinion known as the live BOOM Grand Finale. There, the cream of the crop go all out in one last heroic effort to blow the audience away and coax the most ballots into their pile—because, at the end of the night, the band with the most votes wins the right to call themselves Artvoice BOOM Grand Champions.

Along with $5,000.

Sounds good? That’s ‘cause it is good.

A word of warning however: Bands attempting to stuff the ballot by submitting multiple votes will be rooted out using the most sophisticated intelligence software available on the black market. (Well, okay, that’s a bluff, but if you try to fool our IT guy you will be caught. Just ask the FBI…he’s that good. And if that happens, you will be disqualified with nowhere to appeal our decision.)

IF YOU’RE IN A BAND, AND WOULD LIKE TO ENTER BOOM, visit to find out how. In the meantime, check out this week’s contestants—Fleet Street and Bryan Johnson & Family, and head over to the polls at the bottom of this page. As always, may the best band win.

Fleet Street

Bryan Johnson & Family

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Band Members: Michael Larkin - vocals, trumpet, trombone / Emily Herberger - trumpet, vocals, keys / Mike Mcgough - trombone / Jason Wright - guitar, vocals / Nick Kilkenny - guitar, vocals / Danielle Cook - bass / Matt Salzler - drums

When/where did the band form? 2008 in Buffalo, NY.

You might like us if you like: Reel Big Fish, Less Than Jake, Lightning Killed My Parents, Streetlight Manifesto, The Toasters, Catch 22, Sum 41

Why you should win the Online Battle of Original Music: We are a group of talented people that range from writing and performing both classical/opera music to rock and roll, draw and create designs (which you can see on our CD), build computers and record media. Basically, we are a one band show that can do it all and want everyone to see that a band is the sum of all parts..


Band Members: David Hamilton - drums / Phil Penepent - bass / Cameron Spivey - guitar / Bryan Johnson - guitar, vocals

When/where did the band form? The band formed a year and half ago in Allentown—Buffalo, NY.

You might like us if you like: Ramones, Surfer Blood, Jacuzzi Boys, Wavves, Beach Boys, Weezer.

Why you should win the Online Battle of Original Music: Bryan Johnson and Family is uniquely fun group full of energy and catchy surf rock sounds that you aren’t likely to hear or see from another band here in Buffalo.


The polls are now closed for this pair of bands.

Check the B.O.O.M! website for results thus far!

What did you think of this week's contestants? Feel free to discuss below - please keep it friendly - and remember, posting a comment in favor of a band doesn't count as a vote. Use the link above to cast your vote!

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