Vote for Queens' Best Band

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

UPDATE: Representing Queens at the Ultimate Battle of the Boroughs March 27: Addi & Jacq

Which of these undiscovered musical acts should be crowned Queens' best band?

The Greene Space's Battle of the Boroughs 2015 continued on Friday, February 20 with a showcase of the borough's most exciting musical talents. Seven acts representing the energy and diversity of the Queens music scene competed. The audience's votes are in...and here are the three finalists! 

Watch their performances, then vote for your favorite by Monday, February 23 at 11:59pm ET

Queens Finalists:

Text your vote with the codes below, or use the online form at the bottom of this page. 

Jack Spann Band
Text QN1 to 69866
From the band's Brechtian chord choices to Spann's vivid, macabre lyrical storytelling, the audience and judges alike want this songwriter to keep being himself. Quoting Jack Spann's lyric, Helga Davis instructed him to "Continue to walk that crooked path all the way home."

The Mike Bono Group
Text QN3 to 69866
We could tell these Berklee grads did their composition homework, and their jazz smarts made their ensemble and solo performances all the more engaging. Soul queen and judge Tamar-Kali found their second piece especially otherworldly and magical, and Helga Davis agreed that piece had a bit of "weather-report-weird in it."

Addi & Jacq
Text QN4 to 69866
This dynamic vocal and harp ensemble "Came out like Sirens pulling Odysseus' ship," according to judge Alicia Olatuja. Their performance skill engaged judge and audience alike, their lyrics were clever, and their vocals were funky, sassy and sexy.

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Jack Spann from Astoria, Queens

Hi, Jack here, I am humbled to be a finalist in this Queens contest. The other acts were all SO great. I just wanted to thank the staff at the Greene Space. The audio professionals at WNYC that ran the sound system were able to get 5 utterly different acts on stage, and off and on again, and get a great sound from all of us. There was everything on the stage from that unbelievable grand piano they have, to rocking guitars, to delicate harps and raw saxophones, many different vocals, slamming drums and subtle percussion, etc., etc. I play a lotta shows and many times the sound man or woman is indifferent, preoccupied or even hostile. Thank you, you guys, we may have been really good, but you helped make us better.

Feb. 26 2015 06:24 PM
Thomas Rajna from Cape Town S. Africa

Belatedly I wish to support Addi and Jacq for their quietly subtle and sophisticated act, a rare treat. They have my vote, even if I appear to have missed the deadline and could not find the actual voting window.

Feb. 25 2015 06:58 AM

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