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 local bands/artists are chosen to battle it out on-air & online until the fans choose the final four. Submissions start on Monday, January 20, 2020 and close on Sunday, February 9, 2020.


Enter your phone number to start your submission!

If you are not receiving text from us, please text “START”, no quotations to 615-933-3823.

Music City Mayhem is brought to you by Ridenour Rehearsal Studios, Forty-One Fifteen, Zero to 60 by AGD Entertainment, Lightning 100, Exit/In, 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

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.

Ridenour Rehearsal Studios is offering: Full Day (8 hours) of rehearsal in The Alley, Ridenour’s Live Music Venue. Read more here.

Zero to 60 by AGD Entertainment: Custom design package with video visualizers for Music City Mayhem champs!

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

Kenect is happy to provide the winners of Music City Mayhem a social membership to our Music Row location starting this April through the end of the summer. Kenect is Nashville’s premiere social club, complete with a members only amenity pool deck, an expansive community work space, gym, fitness studio and specialized events and programming.

The Coveted Lightning 100 Music City Mayhem Trophy

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

Click here for the official Rules.