Submissions for the Battle for the Borderland contest – in which local artists competed for an opportunity to perform at the Borderland Festival, Sept. 21 and 22 at Knox Farm State Park in East Aurora, with headliners including Gov’t Mule, Greensky Bluegrass, the Infamous Stringdusters, Shakey Graves, and Keller Williams Grateful Grass featuring Oteil Burbridge – have been reviewed.
We now have a short list of 10 bands for you to vote on. Based on your votes, the top three artists will be determined and go on to the final, live round, with performances split between the Sportsmen’s Tavern (5 p.m. Aug. 18), 42 North (7 p.m. Aug. 21) and Buffalo Iron Works (7 p.m. Aug. 28), where a combination of audience response and the opinions of a panel of judges will decide the winner.
Make your voice heard by visiting BuffaloNews.com/borderland. You can listen to the bands, watch a video, peruse their bios, and, of course, cast your vote. Voting will remain open through Aug. 9.
Winners of the preliminary round of the Battle for the Borderland include Fuzzy & the Rustbelts (Americana), Disoriented (indie-rock), Greg Klyma (singer-songwriter), Insoluble (prog-fusion), Roger Bryan & the Orphans (indie/Americana), Stress Dolls (indie-pop), the Water Dogs (alternative), Tiger Chung Lee (funk), Two Hills Reloaded (folk), and Uncle Ben’s Remedy (old-school country).