Battle of the Bands

Updated March 27: Congratulations BIG ATOMIC!

What a great night at Maiden Alley Cinema. Four incredible sets by finalists: Big Atomic, Red Ember, The Drunken Poets and Leonard the Band. The votes were close, but Big Atomic pulled ahead for the win. Thank you to everyone who came out to the finals, to everyone who voted in the semi-finals, to the bands who participated, to Maiden Alley Cinema and MSU Digital Media Services. 

Murray State’s public radio service, 91.3 WKMS FM has announced its 2nd annual “Battle of the Bands” contest, continuing its ongoing support of bands and singer-songwriters as yet without recording contracts. The Battle of the Bands entry deadline is March 1, 2015. The winner will be chosen after a concert of finalists at Maiden Alley Cinema in Paducah on March 26, 2015. This year’s Grand Prize is a Music Promotion Package valued at over $3,000. 

Murray, KY. Paducah band Gideon’s Rifle emerged victorious as the winner of the first ever WKMS Battle of the Bands finale hosted by Maiden Alley Cinema on March 27. Audience voting was tabulated after the four finalists each performed a three song set. The bands played to a sold-out crowd and Gideon’s Rifle returned to the stage for an encore once they were announced as the winner. 

Murray, KY. In the crowning finale of its first Battle of the Bands contest, WKMS goes to the intimate music venue Maiden Alley Cinema in Paducah on Thursday, March 27 at 7 p.m. The four bands chosen as finalists perform live for the ticket-holding audience which will determine the overall winner.

UPDATE 3/27: Congratulations Gideon's Rifle! The four finalists performed in a sold-out Maiden Alley Cinema on March 27 for the grand prize. The audience voted at the end of the night and while the votes were close among the bands, Gideon's Rifle celebrated their victory with an encore performance.

See photos from the night on our Facebook page.

They take home the grand prize, a three-day recording session at King Sound Studio including mixing and mastering ($1,200 value) and will perform live in the WKMS studio during Sounds Good (11 am - 1 pm) on Friday, April 4.

We'd like to give a shout-out and a special thanks to all four finalists, Maiden Alley Cinema, King Sound Studio, Paducah Improv, Samuel "Snacks" Hawkins, everyone who purchased a ticket to tonight's show and everyone who voted and participated in this contest. Shall we do it again in the future?

Does your band have what it takes to win our first-ever battle of the bands competition?

Send us your best song by March 7 and your band could be voted among the finalists to perform live at Maiden Alley Cinema for the grand prize: a three-day recording session at King Sound Studio, including mixing and mastering, and a live studio performance on Sounds Good.