Lightning 100’s Music City Mayhem is Nashville’s premiere battle of the bands competition, exposing listeners to emerging talent while allowing Nashville’s Independent Radio to identify and support local stars in the making! Thirty-two local artists are chosen (from over 300 submissions!) to battle it out on-air and online as they vie for the title of Music City Mayhem champions! It’s up to you, the fans, to determine who wins the grand prize.
VOTE HERE (COMING SOON)!
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Stay tuned to 100.1 FM or lightning100.com to hear these songs air daily at 9am, 12pm, 3pm, 6pm, and 11pm. Then do your civic duty by voting for your favorite local tunes!
Music City Mayhem is brought to you by Lightning 100 and Live On The Green Music Festival.
*bold* indicates winner
- 4/05: Band 1 VS Band 2, Band 3 VS Band 4
- 4/06: Band 5 VS Band 6, Band 7 VS Band 8
- 4/07: Band 9 VS Band 10, Band 11 VS Band 12
- 4/08: Band 13 VS Band 14, Band 15 VS Band 16
- 4/09: Band 17 VS Band 18, Band 19 VS Band 20
- 4/12: Band 21 VS Band 22, Band 23 VS Band 24
- 4/13: Band 25 VS Band 26, Band 27 VS Band 28
- 4/14: Band 29 VS Band 30, Band 31 VS Band 32
- 4/15: TBD
- 4/16: TBD
- 4/19: TBD
- 4/20: TBD
The winning band will receive a coveted spot at #LOTG2021 and have their song on Lightning 100’s regular rotation for a whole month! The winning band will also receive an extensive artist development and promotion package that includes the following perks:
- Prize Package TBD
PAST MUSIC CITY MAYHEM CHAMPIONS
2020 — Fulton Lee
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 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, Program Director
“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.