By Brian Ossip, DC Music Live
In what was a great night featuring six awesome and (somewhat) local bands, Madison Apart took home the top prize winning $750.00, an appearance at the Alliance Festival Main Stage, a Main Stage slot at Intensity Music Festival, complimentary recording studio time, radio/press feature, and more.
The rest of the bands from the night were Unto Thee, A Heart’s Dead Memory, Always to Never, Set For Tomorrow, and In Visions. Taking in second place was In Visions, who won $500.00, an Alliance Festival Main/Side Stage Slot, a radio/press feature, and rounding out in third place was Set for Tomorrow, who won $250.00 and an Alliance Festival Side Stage slot.
Madison Apart set themselves apart (maybe pun intended, only if people find it clever) with their impressive musicianship, great songwriting, and awesome stage presence and showmanship. At one point, everyone in the band donned 80s hair metal wigs, and shot out at the crowd silly string and toilet paper that was hooked up to a leaf blower.
It was a tough contest, and not an easy decision but ultimately the four-person judging panel (of which I was a member) decided that Madison Apart was the best in a line of great bands, and awarded them the top honors.
Intensity Music Festival will be taking place in Arlington at The Triple A Pavilion on August 4th. It is headlined by The Devil Wears Prada, Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, The Word Alive, and many, many more. It’s going to be an awesome event. We’ll be there covering it, and you shouldn’t miss it either. You can get your tickets here!
Stay tuned for pictures and video to come!
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