Part two of my BOTB coverage begins with Maven, whose modern pop sound was a big hit with the ladies (and some crazy dancing dudes, one of whom jumped up on stage). They did an impressive cover of Lady Gaga’s “Bad Romance,” then launched into an epic-length original. The bassist knew what was up; he was going to town on that thing.
Ska band Blame Sydney took the stage next, and they absolutely rocked it. Their many members were energetic and mobile, their tunes were fun and ready to dance to, and their fun-loving vibe was infectious. I loved every second of it.
The rock/blues act Sweet Jimmy Carter and the Outlaws commanded the audience’s attention for the final act. The band was tight with each other, as they rolled off stomping blues licks both traditional and original. Their visual presence was impressive (see below), and their swagger was undeniable. They were a blast to hear and see.
The winners? 3. Bottle Up and Explode 2. Sweet Jimmy Carter and the Outlaws 1. Blame Sydney. Maven took the fan favorite vote.