For some reason, I feel the need to defend this event, which actively and actually gets songs from local bands heard by our readers. Radio doesn't do it, The Onion doesn't do it... hell, the MAMAs don't even freely distribute local music to whoever wants to take a few minutes to listen to it. You can STILL go to http://www.thedailypage.com/bandtoband/bandList.php
to hear ALL the bands. But defend it, and from the attacks of an apparent malcontent, I will.
The finals were a blast. Four bands, each different from the other, each very enthusiastically and capably doing what they love to do on stage, seemed to really enjoy the night. Every time I wandered up to the tiny Majestic backstage area, a group of musicians stood around chatting and complimenting each other's stuff. These are bands that will likely never share a bill in this town. The SitS kids in particular, who played first, took in all the sets from the front of the stage and interacted with the other bands all night.
We had about 275 people come on Thursday night and only about 20 votes separated first from last, so it's a mistake to say that individual votes didn't count. If a car full of SitS fans got into a wreck, the media. might have won. If a few LCB fans decided that they could suffer through being a little tired at work on Friday, they could have won.
But just like Rock 'n Roll is often about being able to fill a room and "making it" is ultimately about drawing people in, be it to go to a show, buy a CD or a t-shirt, this contest is about proving that you can mobilize your audience and hopefully win a few converts with your recorded stuff.
Is Bruno Mars better than Fleet Foxes? Impossible to say and it would continue to be impossible even if they performed in front of a voting audience or a panel of judges. This contest is what it is and we enjoy putting it on largely because a good number of bands enjoy participating and they tell us so.