Music Tournament 2011
We’re all familiar with March Madness. It seems nearly everyone these days is filling out a bracket for an office pool, on-line competition, or friendly wager. Although it can be an incredibly exciting time of year for us sports fans, we have very little influence, if any, over the outcome of the game. Sure, we can travel to any of the cities playing host to the games and scream our heads off for our favorite team, but in the end, we’re still just one person in a sea of influences.
As Americans, we’re extremely passionate about our sports, but we’re also passionate about music. The vast majority of us all have specific teams we cheer for just as everyone has different tastes in music. Sure, some of us might like the same bands or solo artists, but there will almost always be some group that two people don’t see eye to eye on. Lock ten people in a room and tell them to pick the best band of the last ten years and the only way you’ll get a unanimous decision is if less than ten people come out of that room. So what if there were a tournament to decide this for us?
This Sunday, “Selection Sunday,” The Beat will unveil a field of 68 bands or solo artists whose debut album was released within the last ten years. That means that any band with a debut album released before 2001 is not eligible for this tournament. Sorry Beatles fans. Unlike the NCAA Tournament, however, you have a much bigger say in this tournament’s outcome. Do you have a favorite band or solo artist you’d like to see compete? Submit your picks in the comments below and they will be heavily considered for the final field of 68. The highest seeds will be given to the bands that have been around the longest.
Your input doesn’t stop there! Once the field is set, the winner of each contest will be selected entirely by votes. Everyone gets one vote for each matchup. Jeff Loudon, of The Beat, will act as a tie breaker, but will have no say in the outcome of the tournament otherwise. Only votes submitted in the comments below will be counted. The Beat will provide brief commentary for each game once the votes are counted, announce the winner and then open up voting for the next round.
Here is the schedule:
First Four – March 14-16 Voting closes at 8pm ET March 16th
Second Round – March 17-20 Voting closes at 8pm ET March 20th
Third Round – March 21-24 Voting closes at 8pm ET March 24th
Sweet 16 – March 25-27 Voting closes at 8pm ET March 27th
Elite 8 – March 28-30 Voting closes at 8pm ET March 30th
Final 4 – April 1-4 Voting closes at 8pm ET April 4th
The championship will be determined based on voting in the Final 4. Winner of the tournament will be announced April 5th.
There you have it. You have until Sunday to submit your suggestions for the tournament. The field will be set no later than 12am ET Monday.