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Jun 5, 2013
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Project M Finals are This Thursday

Project M Finals are This Thursday

Three finalists in 105.5 Triple M’s Project M competition will square off at the Club Tavern on Thursday, June 6 at 7 p.m. There is no cover for this event.

Project M is a songwriting and performance competition wherein local groups video their performances at Triple M’s studio. The “episodes” stream on Triple M’s website where listeners vote. Triple M calls Project M a “local reality show” and, indeed, one gets voted off the island every week.

The competition began back in April with eight bands that were chosen after entering the contest. Bands post to the website and to Triple M’s Facebook page in attempts to procure votes and move to the next weekly episode (though the votes carry weight, the judges still make the final call).

The contest is an exercise in songwriting acumen as each week the bands are given a challenge:

  • Week 1: Write and perform a song that reminds the band of spring.
  • Week 2: Write and perform the title song of a famous album. Each band was assigned an album.
  • Week 3: Write and perform a song about a color. Each band was given a color.
  • Week 4: Write and perform an authentic, original Wisconsin drinking song.
  • Week 5: Write and perform their signature song, and keep it under two minutes thirty seconds.

The three finalists were announced at an event at the Crystal Corner Bar on May 6. The finalists are:

Emerald Grove (Madison)
An acoustic duo, draws influences from folk, indie, and rock backgrounds, to form a unique timbre, lavish with vocal harmonies.

Amberstein (Milwaukee)
A rock power trio with influences ranging from Led Zeppelin and Ozzy Osbourne to The Black Crowes, Silvertide, and Shinedown.

Del Mar (Madison)
Officially got started in 1997 at the University of Wisconsin–Whitewater. Del Mar has transformed from an eight-piece college "jam" band to a four-piece progressive American roots outfit. They combine groove rock, alt-country, funk, electronica and bluegrass into their feel-good sound.

The finale gives each band a chance to perform a thirty-minute set of all-original material. The judges confer and a winner will be chosen.

The winning artists will have their song played on 105.5 Triple M, plus receive a Triple M integrated marketing campaign worth $2,500, an automatic entry into the Mystique Battle of the Bands (minimum prize is $2,000) and a $500 gift card from Ulla Eyewear.

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Rick Tvedt has been a performing musician since the age of eight and had regional success with local band The And. He has also been a solo performer and was a member of the Sled Dogs. He launched the monthly local music newspaper Rick’s Café in January of 2003, which is now publishing online as Local Sounds Magazine. That same year he founded the Madison Area Music Association, a charitable organization that raises money to fund music programs for kids and provides musical instruments. The MAMAs also produce the annual Madison Area Music Awards.

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