On Saturday, Feb. 13, the 10 remaining bands in The Venue's Hot Local Knights competition squared off in a fight to the death. Or, rather, a lively fight for really some sweet prizes. With two semi-finalists represented from each of the competition's five categories—alternative rock, hardcore, alternative punk, metalcore and indie/acoustic—the lineup included everything from an old-school metal group to an acoustic girl act.
According to promoter Jaclyn Brandt, scores were tallied based on ticket sales, votes (which included semi-finals votes) and judges scores. Judges ranked the bands in four categories—marketability, professionalism, crowd interaction and songwriting/technical ability. Without further ado, here are the winners:
1st Place: In the Pause, winner of $1000 cash
2nd Place: Stop, Drop and Party! winner of a $500 recording package from Speck Studios
3rd Place: Threshold, winner of a $450 merchandise package from Defined Productions