Hot off a resurgent 2014, Buff State’s gift to Western New York music lovers WBNY 91.3 has announced they’re running a Battle of the Bands contest that culminates April 25th at Buffalo Iron Works . Between now and March 8th, prospective contestants can submit 3 ORIGINAL songs for consideration by a panel of august local luminaries including the News’ Jeff Meirs, the Public’s Corey Perla, and the Mohawk’s Marty Boratin, with six bands duking it out in the Cobblestone District this April for top prizes.

1st place wins 5 hours of studio time at Good Charamel Records and a gift certificate to Allentown Music, 2nd place gets $125 worth of screen printed shirts courtesy of Positive Approach and a $50 gift certificate to Spiral Scratch Records, and 3rd place receives a photo session with Photography By Nico and a $50 gift certificate to Black Dots.

Original submissions will be accepted by March 8th digitally via e-mail to and old school on CD via real mail to WBNY, 1300 Elmwood Avenue, Buffalo NY 14222 with BATTLE SUBMISSION written on the envelope.

The last day for submissions will also feature a listening party (stay tuned for details), and finalists will be announced  in mid March, with the Battle of the Bands going down April 25th at Iron Works. Doors open at 7pm, bands start at 8pm, $5 gets you in, and frankly all of this will be covered again in April. Now however is the time for Western New York’s music scene to get their submissions together and show us what they’ve got.