Music City Mayhem

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

Round 1 Winners: Catalina and Volk
Round 2 Winners: Adara and Oddnote
Round 3 Winners: Jon Ryan Berry and Sophia Boro
Round 4 Winners: CHLSY and Fulton Lee

Round 5 Winners: Drumming Bird and John Salaway
Round 6 Winners: Staunton and Molly Martin
Round 7 Winners: James Ethan Clark and Beth White
Round 8 Winners: The Thing With Feathers and Taylor Noelle
Round 9 Winners: Catalina and Oddnote
Round 10 Winners: John Ryan Berry and Fulton Lee
Round 11 Winners: Drumming Bird and Molly Martin

Round 12 Winners: James Ethan Clark & The Renegades and Taylor Noelle

The thirty-two bands/artists will compete in Music City Mayhem’s bracket-style competition. Fan votes will determine the final eight groups who will compete in live competitions at Exit In on July 16 and 23. The tournament will commence with the remaining four finalists + a wildcard band, all of which will perform once again at Exit/In on July 30 to compete for the grand prize.

The winning band wins a coveted spot at Lightning 100’s Live On The Green Music Festival 2020 and have their song on Lightning 100’s regular rotation for a whole month! They also receive an extensive artist development and promotion package that includes the following perks:

Stay tuned to 100.1 FM or to hear the preliminary lineup announcement (March 2nd at 6:15 PM). Then March 9th, do your civic duty by voting for your favorite local tunes! Once you select the top ten, come back here to find out which finalists made it to the live competition!

“Music City Mayhem has been a true blessing to 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

Music City Mayhem is brought to you by Ridenour Rehearsal Studios, Forty-One Fifteen, Zero to 60 by AGD Entertainment, Buffalo Exchange, Lightning 100, Exit/In, and Live On The Green Music Festival.

Past Music City Mayhem Winners

2019 — Creature Comfort
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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