If you’re always looking for the freshest names in music, VH1’s 24-hour “Make A Band Famous” event will make finding your next favorite band a lot easier. Last night’s launch event for the contest kicked off at the Liberty Warehouse in Red Hook, Brooklyn. 24 bands have been competing for a coveted record deal with Republic Records, an opening slot in the Northside Music Festival, and exposure on VH1’s “You Oughta Know” program. The All-American Rejects’ frontman Tyson Ritter has been hosting the online livestream competition alongside judges Natasha Bedingfield, Adam Blackstone (musical director to Justin Timberlake, Pharrell, and Maroon 5), Robert Schwartzman (of Rooney), and Kurt Hugo Schneider (YouTube singer and producer).
After submitting a 15-second clip of one of their original songs to Instagram, unsigned bands were subjected to social media voting using the hashtag #MABF. After fan votes were tallied, the top 24 bands (check them out below) were invited to Brooklyn to compete against one another. The 24-hour competition includes learning a cover song in an hour, remaking a classic hit using only toy instruments, and busking for money and fans in Williamsburg. Throughout the competition, the bands can consult with their mentors: Chris Daughtry, Travie McCoy (of Gym Class Heroes), and Bonnie McKee (co-writer for Katy Perry’s “California Girls,” “Teenage Dream,” and “Roar”).
At tonight’s finale, special appearances will be made by Benji and Joel Madden, Ed Sheeran, Patrick Stump and Pete Wentz (Fall Out Boy) and Colbie Caillat. The last band standing will be announced this evening, but in the meantime check out the livestream to find your new favorite band.
Update: Pop-rock band Fancy Reagan (pictured with Natasha Bedingfield) is VH1’s “Make A Band Famous” winner! Congrats, guys!
An Old Friend: Alternative, Medford, NY
Aquile & The Orbit Group: Neo-Soul, San Diego, CA
Bro 5: Pop/Rock, Ridgefield Park, NJ
Cheezy and the Crackers: Easy-Listening, Philadelphia, PA
Chris Ayer: Singer/Songwriter, Los Angeles, CA
David Paige: Pop/Rock, Chicago, IL
Dead 27s: Roots Rock, Charleston, SC
Dirty Du: Contemporary R&B, Silver Spring, MD
fancy reagan: Pop/Rock, NY, NY
Good Night Alive: Indie Rock, Macon, GA
John and Luke: Alternative, Indianapolis, IN
Malado Music: Hip-Hop, Springfield, MA
Pastele: Pop, Livingston, NJ
RAHBI: Pop/Rock, Atlanta, GA
Rainbow Kitten Surprise: Alternative, Boone, NC
Ratham Stone Pop/Rock, Orlando, FL
Spectators: Indie Rock, Chicago, IL
The Assembly Line: Alternative, NY, NY
The One Seven Four: American Trad Rock, Stillwater, OK
The Serotones: Rock, Miller Place, NY
The Silent Scene: Pop, Fairfield, CT
Tonny Memmel: Singer/Songwriter, Nashville, TN
Two Worlds: Pop, Aurora, CO
Tyke T: Hip-Hop, Memphis, TN
Photo Courtesy: Lauren Wells (2014)