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Battle for the Borderland moves to final, live round with three finalists

You voted, and we listened.

The Battle for the Borderland contest – in which local artists competed for an opportunity to perform at the Borderland Music + Arts 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 – has now entered its final round. We whittled down the field of entrants to 10, and your digital votes have given us our three finalists.

We’re now moving on to the final, live round, with performances split between the Sportsmen’s Tavern (5 p.m. Sunday), 42 North Brewing Company (7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 21) and Buffalo Iron Works (7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 28), where a combination of audience response and the opinions of a panel of judges will decide the winner. Admission for all of these shows is free.

The winner will play Sept. 22 at Borderland Music + Arts Festival.

According to your votes, the three finalists are:

Uncle Ben’s Remedy

The old-school country and rustic folk quintet claimed the most votes in our poll. They’ll head to the final, in-concert round at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 28 at Buffalo Iron Works (49 Illinois St.).

Two Hills Reloaded

This six-piece, acoustic-based country-rock outfit blew away voters with their stellar, multiple-part vocal harmonies and peaceful, easy vibes. They’ll play their live round at 5 p.m. Sunday at the Sportsmen’s Tavern (326 Amherst St.).

Greg Klyma

Road-tested troubadour, singer-songwriter and folk-outlaw country-rock mashup artist Greg Klyma claimed the third position in our poll, moving to the final round with his show at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 21 at 42 North Brewing Company (25 Pine St., East Aurora). While you’re there, sample the new 42 North flagship Borderland IPA, wrapped in a festival-inspired label, complete with band lineup.

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