Music City Mayhem

Lightning 100’s Music City Mayhem is the springboard for Lightning 100 to discover and support growing musical acts into success! Thirty-two undiscovered bands/artists are chosen to battle it out on-air & online until the fans choose the final four.

These fantastic-four, along with a select wild card band, move on to Lightning 100’s Music City Mayhem FREE, live competition at Marathon Music Works on Thursday, April 25, 2019 (7:00PM-11:00PM) where they compete for fan and judge votes to decide who wins it all!

Music City Mayhem is brought to you by Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Todd Binkley Insurance, Forty-One Fifteen (Homestyle Recordings), ONErpm, H.O.M.E. Pro Membership,Zero to 60 by AGD Entertainment, Lightning 100, Marathon Music Works, and Live On The Green Music Festival.

“Music City Mayhem has been a true blessing to the everyone here at Lightning 100 and the Nashville music community. Just look at our inaugural winner from 2009, Moon Taxi. We just saw them headline Nashville’s Municipal Auditorium and sell over 5,000 tickets. We have discovered so many great Nashville bands from the contest over the years. Every time we ask for submissions, we find someone new to love. Over the years the prize has gotten bigger and more valuable and it’s attracted more and more talented acts. Winning and playing Live on the Green is a big deal. Past winners have realized they were not even ready for all that came from being champions.” – Dan Buckley

Submissions: 2/11-2/24
Competition begins on 4/2 & ends on 4/19
Free Live Showdown is 4/25 at Marathon Music Works

You could win an extensive artist development and promotion package and the opportunity to play Lightning 100’s Live On The Green Music Festival 2019!

Win a live concert broadcast and audio recording at Lightning 100’s Nashville Sunday Night live from 3rd and Lindsley.

Forty-One Fifteen (Homestyle Recordings): A chance to make delicious Homestyle Recordings!  3 days of recording time with one of their in-house engineers.  

ONErpm: Free music distribution to all download, streaming, and mobile services (i.e. iTunes, Apple Music, Spotify, Google Play, YouTube, Shazam, TIM). Analysis of band’s digital assets and projected future with ONErpm marketing support. Inclusion on ONErpm’s in-house Spotify and YouTube playlists. Geotargeted promoted posts on Facebook (paid for by ONErpm). Artist spotlight in ONErpm newsletter to over 100,000 worldwide subscribers. YouTube channel optimization (i.e. in-video programming, interactive cards). Inclusion in ONErpm’s radio promotion efforts within the US

H.O.M.E. Pro Membership: Includes 24/7 access to shared work space and production facility that includes cutting edge recording equipment, performance venue and rehearsal space

Zero to 60 by AGD Entertainment: Live video produced for the Music City Mayhem champs!

Life and Limb Printing: Broke Band Merch Package

The Coveted Lightning 100 Music City Mayhem Trophy

Past Music City Mayhem Winners

2018 — Jackson Bruck & The Dukes of Hume
2017 — The Voodoo Fix
2016 — Mountains Like Wax
2015 — Smooth Hound Smith
2014 — Phin
2013 — LuLu Mae
2012 — Roots of a Rebellion
2011 — Eastern Block (The Lower Caves)
2010 — Grand Magnolia (Paul McDonald)
2009 — Moon Taxi

“Music City Mayhem was an experience that fit its name! It put us on the map overnight. Prior to the competition, it could be tough booking shows and gaining traction in town, but Mayhem helped legitimize what we were doing. Opportunities present themselves constantly now. There is a standard that has to be met in order to win MCM, and we are very thankful to be a part of the list of champions.” – Jackson Bruck, Music City Mayhem winner of 2018

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