The Q106 Homegrown Throwdown is back!!!  24 bands, 5 nights and a whole lot of rock and roll make up this year’s Throwdown.  Being a successful band is more than being good musically.  It’s about stage presence, it’s about promotions, it’s about professionalism and of course, it’s about the music.

Prelim Dates:  1/11/14, 1/18/14, 1/25/14, 2/1/14
Finals: 2/15/14

Generously Brought to you by Q106, Bud Light, Music Manor and Media Advantage.

HOW IT WORKS:

A panel of objective judges will select up to 24 finalists to compete.  Your band will be judged live, American Idol style by a panel of music professionals.  Judging is based on the following criteria:

  • 33.3% Judges scores
  • 33.3% Ticket presales
  • 33.3% Crowd Votes

Each category is scored on a 1-100 scale.  The judges will be looking for a combination of musicianship, stage presence, crowd interaction and professionalism.  As each person enters the event, they will be given one voting slip.  Also, if your band is selected to perform, you will be given 100 tickets.  The amount of tickets you sell prior to doors opening the night of your performance is your score out of 100.  Advance tickets are $8.  Your band keeps $2 from every ticket sold and will also receive 2 drink tickets per band member.

One band from each week will advance to the finals on February 15th.  Additionally, two wild card bands will be selected to advance as well.  Wild cards will be selected by an online vote that will run February 1 – February 3.

Bands of all ages are welcome to compete.  Genres should be genres that are somewhat similar to the play list on Q106.  Q106 plays active rock, hard rock, metal and even some classic rock.  If your band even kind of fits in this category, we want to hear from you.

1st PLACE PRIZE

  • $1000 in cold hard cash
  • $3500 in prizes from Sponsors
  • Your song will be played on Q106
  • Your band will receive a Music Media Package, compliments of Media Advantage.  The package includes
    a.)  An (up to) five page website.  See Last Year’s winner here:  deverauxband.com
    b.)  Professional photography session.  See examples here:  Band Photos
    c.)  Music Video See Last Year’s winner here:  See Video
  • One day (one song) studio time, compliments of Music Manor
  • Opportunity to open for a national band at The Loft

2nd Place

  • $300 in cash
  • Opportunity to open for a national band at The Loft

3rd Place

  • $200 in cash
  • $200 in sponsor prizes
  • Opportunity to open for a national band at The Loft

Rules

  • Bands are to play all originals with no more than one cover that has been on the Q106 play list in the past two years.  ONE COVER SONG IS MANDATORY.  Cover must be registered with Throwdown officials so multiple bands do not play the same cover.  Finalists will be assigned a new cover to include in their set for the finals.  We do not want the cover to sound like the real thing.  We want your interpretation!
  • Each band is judged on crowd votes (33%), ticket sales (33%) and judges scores (33%), so bring your friends out! Judges are basing scores on musicianship, crowd interaction and professionalism.
  • Bands are asked to pick up 100 tickets at The Loft / Media Advantage offices in downtown Lansing to sell.  Bands must return tickets, the money or a combination of the two at load in the day of their show.

REGISTER YOUR BAND HERE

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