It's March again and our second annual "Grand Strand's Best Cover Band" contest is now under way. We tallied up more than 500 nominations submitted by fans and chose a field of 32 of the area's best cover acts with seeds determined by number of nominations recieved.
Over the next five weeks, these bands will face off in head-to-head weekly matchups with winners determined by online fan vote. Then, on Sunday, April 8, the two finalists will perform live at Myrtle Beach's "8th Wonder of The World," The Bowery, where a panel of judges will help determine the ultimate winner. This group will recieve a cash prize of $500, an awesome prize package and the honor of being named the "Grand Strand's Best Cover Band!"
• How to vote: To vote, simply click at least one poll below. You can vote in as many matchups as you like; once per poll, per day, so make sure to come back an vote often and share this page with your friends and fellow music fans below! The deadline for Round 1 is Sunday, March 11 at 11:59 p.m. and the winners will be announced no later than noon on Monday, March 12.
Wahoo Creek Band vs. Wide Open
• Our take: Country group Wahoo Creek Band secured the No. 1 overall seed with nearly 100 nominations, but they'll have to keep their voting wide open to beat the south end rock band whose first video "Same Old Same" premiers this Friday at King Street Grille.
3 Weeks Notice vs. Refried Blues
• Our take: Sure 3 Weeks Notice can rap, rock and rage their way through a Coastal college crowd with no problem, but will it be enough to top Michael Markiewicz and his band of seasoned Blues rockers?
Power Born Rebellion vs. Who Shot JR?
• Our take: PBR is fresh off a win at the Hard Rock Cafe Battle of the Bands where they showed off a set of new original material, but they'll need all their cover chops — and participation from their "Rebellion Hellions" to take down longtime local Jonathan Roberts who has been fielding a rotating group of talented players here for over a decade.
Skitch vs. Humble Vibez
• Our take: Fate seems to have paired the competition's only two Reggae-based bands together in a week one matchup, but will it be Skitch's penchant for Pink Floyd and excellent classic rock tunes or Humble Vibez rootsy-style and island-based vibes that puts one of these two into the second round?
The RenoVation Band vs. Band on the Rum
• Our take: One has the support of a congregation of fans from Little River's RenoVation Church on it's side, while the other seemingly has the support of every Irish Pub in town. With two very different styles, it's anyone's guess who takes this first round contest.
Lee Travis & The Bounty Hunters vs. Bullfrog
• Our take: Coming within a few percentage points of taking the title last year and having the finals on their home court this year, it's pretty safe to see The Bounty Hunters are eager to get off to a good start. However, they'll have to sneak by some of the area's hardest-working cover aces in Bullfrog's Shaun Brown, Jeremy Dunham and Tommy Brady.
Facedown vs. Painted Man
• Our take: Led by female force Di Hoffman, Facedown's musical range and wide appeal have helped the band get off to a good start with strong nomination support, however they'll need to pull out all the stops to overcome Painted Man the relentlessly funky "Final Four" particpant from last year's contest.
The Fab 2 vs. Roadside Assistance
• Our take: The brother team of Bruce and Brian McElroy is set to return to the beach this weekend after a winter spent gigging out of town, but will The Fab 2 return to town with a chance to advance to round two or will north end rockers Roadside Assistance be able to beat the Beatles-influenced duo.