ALL GOOD THINGS MUST COME TO AN END: That’s right, readers, The Independent-sponsored, New Noise-affiliated Downtown Sound competition names its winner TONIGHT. For year three, our annual battle of the bands has seen more acts—and boasted more seriously solid performances—than ever before. And after a month of hustling from all involved, only four have come away with a chance to win top honors.
This Thursday, S.B. bands Dante Elephante, Lonesome Dub, and Snakefist, and lone—and aptly named—Goletans the Goodland take to the stage at SOhO (1221 State St.) for a night of good ol’ fashioned competition.
Each band will have 35 minutes to plug in, rock out, and prove their worth to a roomful of fans, friends, and hand-selected judges. And every person that shows up gets a chance to cast his or her vote for a winner. Ballots will be handed out upon entry, one per person, for fans to vote for their faves. In addition, we’ve got an esteemed panel of New Noise- and Indy-approved judges on board to cast their (necessarily weighted) votes. At the close of it all, we’ll count the ballots, weigh in with the judges, and award one of the four the Downtown Sound crown.
Up for grabs for the winner is professional recording time at Playback Studio, $6,500 worth of gear donated by Ernie Ball, and a slot on this year’s New Noise lineup, which is already laying claim to burgeoning and big-deal acts like Saint Motel, Fitz & the Tantrums, Voxhaul Broadcast, and, oh, Massive Attack and Thievery Corporation. Needless to say, tonight will be one for the record books, so show up, listen hard, and cast your vote for Santa Barbara’s next big thing.
The final round of the New Noise and Independent’s Downtown Sound competition is this Thursday, October 21, at SOhO at 8 p.m. The show is donation-only and is open to music fans of all ages. Visit newnoisesb.com or sohosb.com for details.