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Underground Magic Wins 2014 Instaband Title!

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Congratulations Underground Magic! You are Groove U‘s 2014 Instaband! We can’t wait to work with you. Echolocation came in 2nd place and will get $500 in recording time at Vaughan Music Studios and 3rd place finisher Christopher Robin received a $250 gift card from Music Go Round.

Thank you to our amazing panel of judges: Kevin Joy from The Columbus DispatchBrian Lucey’s Magic Garden Mastering, Randy Malloy from CD102.5 and ill poetic. And thanks to our finals emcee Shawn Patrick Thomas Daley of Mohawk Studio.

Thank you to our awesome partners: Music Go RoundAveda Institute ColumbusThe Mixx MagazineGame OnSURGE Columbus: A Creative Circuit For Youth and Used Kids. Special thanks to Matt Holley Design for designing the official 2014 Instaband finals program and t-shirt and to the School of Advertising Art for being the official graphic design partner. See additional partners on Instaband.org.

Most of all, a BIG thank you to all the fans, parents, families and friends of ALL the participating bands and artists! We hope you had a great experience, and will come back next year. Your support helped raise much needed funding for youth music education programs: Music Loves Ohio,Through Mind’s Eyes and The Dick and Jane Project.

2014-02-28 Underground Magic_Instaband 2014 Winner

2014 Instaband Final Update

The window for the West Semifinal closed at 5:00 pm today, and we are excited to announce that Neza is advancing to the Final this Friday, Feb. 28th! Here are all the musicians performing this Friday, (this list is in alphabetical order, not the order bands will perform.)

Christopher Robin - Columbus Alternative HS
Echolocation – Columbus Alternative HS
Neza – Worthington Kilborne HS
Pett Crow - Olentangy HS
Strayt Laced - Westerville North HS
Tatum Cica – ACPA
The Alum Creek Surf Team – Centennial HS, & Dublin Scioto HS
Under The Docks - Northland HS
Underground Magic - ACPA
Viktor Lillard - Upper Arlington HS

Don’t forget  you can purchase your tickets online here! We sold out last year, and had to turn people away. Don’t let that be you! Get your tickets today!

 

Wildcard Voting for West Semifinal Starts Today!

The polls are now open for you to vote for your favorite West Semifinal band, giving them the chance to advance to the Instaband Final this Friday, February 28th! Voting will be open for 48 hours, starting at 5:00 pm EST today, and closing on Wednesday, February 26th at 5:00 pm EST.

We are using a Facebook poll for voting, which means one vote per person. Tell your fans! Ready, Set, GO!

VOTE NOW!

It’s Instaband Final Week!

High school bands from East and West central Ohio battled it out at the Instaband semifinals, and now, here are the bands advancing to the 2014 Instaband Final this Friday, Feb 28th (one more band will be named in this week’s wildcard vote):

Christopher Robin - Columbus Alternative HS
Echolocation – Columbus Alternative HS
Pett Crow - Olentangy HS
Salt-the band - The Wellington School
Strayt Laced - Westerville North HS
Tatum Cica – ACPA
The Alum Creek Surf Team – Centennial HS, & Dublin Scioto HS
Under The Docks - Northland HS
Underground Magic - ACPA
Viktor Lillard - Upper Arlington HS
West Wildcard – TBA

The Instaband final moves to a new location this year! We are moving to the Northland Performing Arts Center to accommodate more fans! Admission is $10, and benefits three local music education nonprofits — The Dick & Jane Project, Music Loves Ohio and Through Mind’s Eyes. Eleven bands for just $10? Not too shabby!

***Space is limited, purchase your tickets online to ensure admission. Doors open at 5:30 pm.

Our distinguished panel of music industry judges for the Instaband Final are: Kevin Joy of The Columbus Dispatch, Brian Lucey of Brian Lucey’s Magic Garden Mastering, Randy Malloy of CD102.5 and Ill Poetic ill poetic.

Our emcee, hailing from northern Ohio, is Shawn Patrick Thomas Daley ofMohawk Studio.

INSTABAND FINAL TICKETS NOW AVAILABLE

Tickets for the Instaband Final are now available here. Make sure to get yours early because last year we had a sold out show!

GROOVE U Announces West Semifinal Line-Up

GROOVE U continues the central Ohio battle of the high school bands competition this Friday, February 21st, with the Instaband West Semifinal at the GROOVE U creative campus in the Short North. The west division will feature the following bands and artists, listed in alphabetical order, with the schools they attend:

The Alum Creek Surf Team – Centennial/Dublin Scioto
Echolocation – Columbus Alternative High School
Funk Station – Mt. Vernon High School
Neza – Worthington Kilborne High School
Of the Spheres – The Metro School
Salt – The Wellington School
Strayt Laced – Westerville North High School
TrayVick – Centennial High School

These groups and individuals were selected by an independent panel of judges, and will compete for four spots to advance to the Instaband final on February 28th. A fifth artist has the chance to advance by winning the wildcard vote.

Instaband judges for the West Semifinal are: Jerry DePizzo of O.A.R.; Eric French of WOSU All Sides; and April Kulcsar, Manager of Music & Entertainment at Brother’s Drake.

The East and West semifinals will be held at GROOVE U’s campus located at 1300 Forsythe Avenue. Doors open at 5:30 pm for fans to experience the Instafan Expo, and the competition starts promptly at 7:00 pm. Admission is a $5.00 minimum donation which benefits three local music education nonprofits — The Dick & Jane Project, Music Loves Ohio and Through Mind’s Eyes. Space is limited, arrive early to ensure admission.

Wildcard Vote Results in a Tie: Two Bands Advance to the Instaband Final

For 48 hours leading up to the close of the wildcard voting window, two bands remained neck and neck. Which band was going to advance to the Instaband Final? At 5:00 pm on Friday, February 14th, the polls were closed, and in an amazing twist of fate, those two bands were tied at 352 votes each!

GROOVE U is excited to announce that Christopher Robin and Under the Docks are advancing to the Instaband Final on February 28th! Congratulations to both bands for getting out there and soliciting support from all of your fans. And thanks to all of the family members, friends and fans for taking the time to vote for these talented teens!

See you at the Finals!

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