The new season of the Bodog Music Battle of the Bands reality show on Fuse TV got rolling back at the beginning of October. More than 4,500 bands have registered to participate, with the first round of the competition featuring some 160 live concerts in dozens of cities around the country, all entered to win a $1 million recording contract with Bodog Music, the record label owned by the Carribean company best known for online gambling and headling-grabbing media stunts.
The battle return to Madison on Sunday, December 2 with a live show at the High Noon Saloon. Eleven bands from around Wisconsin and Iowa have already passed the initial audition with a show at the High Noon on Sunday, October 29. Now they return to stage at the downtown venue in show round officially titled "Impress the Judges."
The groups going head to head in Madison are well-represented on the hard rock and metal fronts. They are :
- Buried Future
- Caustic Vision
- Jack Pratt and the Black Yak
- Kennedy Road
- Know Boundaries
- The Readiness
- The Sharp & Harkins Band
- Sophia's Revenge
By winning this round, bands have a chance to show the judge's panel that they can both command a stage and win a venue. Bodog claims that its showdowns are particularly fierce and warns each competitor: "You've got to fight for it, so rock hard."
The inclusive nature of the Bodog Battle of the Bands is the most compelling aspect of this multimedia venture. The only requirement for an unsigned band is that its members are over 16-years-old and living in the United States.
Watching fledgling musicians cut their teeth in the business can be a funny -- if not painful -- process, but who knows? Maybe anything from the next Radiohead to Kelly Clarkson is waiting in Bodog's wings. And then you'll always have a story to tell, one that begins with "I saw them when...."
More information about the first season is available from Fuse TV. The live show is set for 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, December 2 at the High Noon; the cover is $10, and the door is open to music fans 18 and up.