It’s that time of year again! The 2014 Tournament of Champions starts up on November 17th, and runs through December.
So what is this Tournament of Champions? It is a fun promotion that includes all the highest voted bands that we’ve met in 2014.
Every week on Gashouse Radio we introduce a handful of new independent bands. We ask our listeners to let us know what they think of the songs using our thumbs up/down buttons. Those “votes” are tallied and they determine how often songs are kept in rotation. These votes also determine if a song ends up in our Top 10 Countdown. At the end of October, we take a look at all the votes from 2014.
We take the 32 highest voted bands of the year, and put them into a single-elimination tournament bracket. Each day on Gashouse Live (weekdays 6pm ET) we matchup 2 bands head to head, our listeners vote and only 1 band moves on in the tournament. The bands are all seeded based on the number of votes received throughout the year (Even Man Out being the #1 seed, Andrew Mark Schaffer being #2). So what does it mean to be in a “matchup”?
We play 3 rounds, and in each round we play 1 song from each band back to back. Our listeners vote with those thumbs up/down buttons on every song. If you like both songs in the round, you can vote thumbs up for both (thumbs down votes do not count during the tournament). At the end of the show, we tally the votes from all 3 songs, and whichever band has the most votes will move on to the next round of the tournament. Think of it as a MArch MAdness for independent artists. Here’s a look at the 2014 Tournament of Champions bracket:
Each matchup has a corresponding number on the bracket, and below is the list of which matchups take place on which day. For example, the first day of the 2014 Tournament will be “Even Man Out vs. Les Racquet” and “Andrew Mark Schaffer vs. Inconsiderate Bastards”.
The finals take place on December 23rd, the last show of the year. The winner of the 2014 Tournament will get an article about them on Gashouse Radio, an interview on Gashouse Live, bragging rights for the year, and of course these championship rings.
The Tournament is very light-hearted and really just a fun way for us to look back on the year in new music, while at the same time promote anything new that these bands have coming up. Last year’s winners were Magnificent Birds of Prey, who’ve become great friends of the station. It is a competition, but again it is all in good fun. We encourage you to tune in throughout the 2014 Tournament of Champions and let us know which songs are your favorites using the thumbs up/down buttons.
If you have any more questions about the 2014 Tournament of Champions, please tune in to Gashouse Live weekdays at 6pm ET and we will answer any questions. Good luck to the bands!
|1) + 2) – 11/17
3) + 4) – 11/18
5) + 6) – 11/19
7) + 8) – 11/20
9) + 10) – 11/24
11) + 12) – 11/25
13) + 14) – 11/26
15) + 16) – 12/1
17) – 12/2
18) – 12/4
19) – 12/8
|20) – 12/9
21) – 12/10
22) – 12/11
23) – 12/12
24) – 12/15
25) – 12/16
26) – 12/17
27) – 12/18
28) – 12/19
29) + 30) – 12/22 (Semi-Finals)
31) – 12/23 (Finals)
NOTE – Bands that participated in last year’s tournament are not eligible for the 2014 Tournament. We wanted to give a new batch of bands the opportunity for exposure and participation.