INDIANAPOLIS – After 16 weeks of performances, the field of 72 Indiana-based bands has been narrowed to eight. On Saturday, these elite local musicians will take the stage at The Vogue in Indianapolis for the Battle of the Bands Finals. The band earning the most combined audience and judges points will walk away with $10,000, a touring van, vinyl pressing package, and a host of other prizes.
The final event features an eclectic and diverse mix of the top bands in Indianapolis, including: Huckleberry Funk, Porch Kat, Jake Schlegel, Forstory, Bullet Points, J. Elliott, The Palace, and Audiodacity. Fans will see each band perform a 25-minute set and vote for their three favorites. Fan votes are paired with a panel of secret judges plucked from the music industry to determine the winner of the contest.
Tickets to the Battle of the Bands Finals go on sale on the day of the event at 5 p.m. at The Vogue Box Office (6259 N. College Ave, Indianapolis) for $17. Event organizer MOKB Presents continues to maintain fairness and transparency throughout the competition with their blind draw for set times. Just prior to soundcheck, bands randomly pick a time slot to determine their performance time. Follow @mokbpresents on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook for live updates and times.
“Fans have a tough task for the finals. Every act is incredible and represents an important segment of our music community,” Event Promoter and HI-FI Co-Owner Josh Baker highlights. “While there can be only one winner of the Battle, the fans and our city are the real winners. The resurgence of local music, motivated fans and the City of Indianapolis’ commitment to spotlighting homegrown talent are all strong indicators that good things are happening here.”
First and semifinal rounds were held at HI-FI in Fountain Square and featured 72 artists from across Indiana. At the completion of the first round, 24 bands remained. HI-FI hosted four semifinal nights throughout January that each contributed two artists to the lineup for The Finals. With sellout attendance expected, organizers have partnered with The Vogue to host the final night. Baker adds, “The Battle of the Bands Finals have always been at The Vogue. It’s tradition. For most artists, playing to a sold out crowd on The Vogue’s historic stage could be considered a prize in itself.”
Jason King, Talent Buyer at The Vogue adds, “Our friends at MOKB Presents have created an incredible event series that showcases our abundant local talent. The music scene is healthy and thriving again. This event has been a catalyst for its resurgence. Broad Ripple has a long history with the Battle of the Bands and we are excited to host this year’s Finals.”