The Dylan Paul Band wins!

Here's how it went ...

May 3 @ Liberty Hall

Vegetable: 141.4
(J1=71; J2=52; J3=71; J4=63; J5=80) (Avg=67.4)(crowd=74)

The Dactyls: 161.1
(J1=81; J2=78; J3=84.5; J4=80; J5=92) (Avg=83.1)(crowd=78)

WINNER- The Dylan Paul Band: 178.3
(J1=76; J2=73; J3=82.5; J4=70; J5=90) (Avg=78.3)(crowd=100)

Guse: 122.2
(J1=78; J2=66; J3=71; J4=25; J5=81) (Avg=64.2)(crowd=58)

View judges' scorecards (PDF). You can still listen to the finals podcast preview.
And relive the glory, to be aired soon on The Turnpike.

Here's how the preliminary rounds went...

Round 1
April 8 @ Fatso's

Rachel Anderson: 119.67
(Judge1=77; J2=62; J3=79)(Avg=72.67)(crowd=47)

WINNER- The Dylan Paul Band: 181.33
(J1=89; J2=73; J3=82)(Avg=81.33)(crowd=100)

The Noise FM: 177.33
(J1=84; J2=83; J3=86)(Avg=84.33)(crowd=93)

Midnight Vinyl: 163
(J1=84; J2=68; J3=76)(Avg=76)(crowd=87)
View judges' scorecards (PDF).

Round 2
April 15 @ The Replay

WINNER- Vegetable: 189
(J1=90; J2=89; J3=88) (Avg=89)(crowd=100)

(J1=85; J2=72; J3=86) (Avg=81)(crowd=73)

Censura (cancelled due to death in the family)

The Graves End: 148
(J1=100; J2=89; J3=90) (Avg=93)(crowd=55)
View judges' scorecards (PDF)

Round 3
April 22 @ The Jackpot

Jolly Roger: 172
(J1=82; J2=79; J3=79) (Avg=80)(crowd=92)

WINNER- The Dactyls: 189
(J1=85; J2=91; J3=91) (Avg=89)(crowd=100)

Deep Thinkers: 117.67
(J1=100; J2=87; J3=85) (Avg=90.67)(crowd=27)

Guse: 174.67
(J1=96; J2=85; J3=85) (Avg=88.67)(crowd=86)
View judges' scorecards (PDF).

Each round is judged by these rules (PDF). Crowd score is determined by raw number of people at the show supporting a given band-the band with the largest crowd gets a score of 100 and the other bands receive a score proportionate to their relative crowd size.

The Deadwood Derby was created in 2006 to be an annual showcase of Lawrence bands, with the goal of bringing together the wide variety music in this town and putting it all in front of other bands' fans. And thanks to donations by our sponsors, we're able send some bands home with pretty kickass prizes. See the results from 2007 or 2006. Watch the 2007 finals on The Turnpike.

The 12 bands were selected half by online vote and half by the Derby organizers and promoters. At Rounds 1 through 3, a panel of three judges from around town-promoters, venue owners, musicians, etc.-score the bands on musicality and crowd response (see rules). The winners from each round plus a wild card* advance to the finals. A panel of five judges-including representatives from last year's winner and this year's sponsors-will determine who goes home with the prizes.

*note: The wild card band is selected by a panel of judges (from, Hunt Industries and A&E Legal Services), not necessarily by the judges' scores from individual rounds.

Prizes include...

  • ¢ $1000-worth of studio time at Black Lodge Studios (must be used within 6 months of Derby)
  • ¢ $1000-worth of studio time at Mixtape Meditation (must be used within 6 months of Derby)
  • ¢ Music video production by Through A Glass Productions (Up to $950-worth of shooting/editing fees to be used for concert video, music video or epk promo videos)
  • ¢ A full-rights-use professional photo shoot, from which a photo will be printed as a full color, double-page spread poster in Deadwood edition
  • ¢ Graphic design development by Red Hand Media (Creator of our Derby logo; prize includes design for T-shirts, posters, website, etc.-5 hours total)
  • ¢ 50 2-color screen-printed shirts by Blue Collar Press
  • ¢ 24 1-color screen-printed shirts by Big Deal Merch
  • ¢ 90-minute legal consultation and copyright registration by A&E Legal Services for the Derby champion
  • ¢ 30-minute legal consultation and copyright registration by A&E Legal Services for the other Final round finalists
  • ¢ Gift certificates from Love Garden
  • ¢ The Final round finalists will appear on The Turnpike

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Dear lawrencedotcomrade: We're currently experiencing some weirdness with the comment thread below. Trust that if you post your Wild Card pick below before this issue is resolved, your comment will eventually appear. Hopefully soon. Thanks for your patience-homies


forussp 15 years, 1 month ago

These guys put on an awesome show at Wakarusa last summer. Give them the Wild Card spot and we'll see it again May 3rd.

shphipps 15 years, 1 month ago

Guse is a high energy group that always puts on an exciting show. They rocked Wakarusa!

instantkarmapolice 15 years, 1 month ago

GUSE!!!! They were robbed last night. I'll be disappointed if I don't see them at the finals. Go Lawrence music!!!!

glycerine12 15 years, 1 month ago

was at fatso's for the first round. the third band, Noise FM, was definitely the best there.

azward 15 years, 1 month ago

The NoiseFM should be in the final round for sure. Best out of the compitetion

ajusauce 15 years, 1 month ago

I went to the first two rounds, and I thought hands down, the best band out of both of them was the Noise. They seriously rocked. so hard.

bob_leponge 15 years, 1 month ago

Guse must be your wild card pick. They are wild, after all.

John Reher 15 years, 1 month ago

I'd really like to see Guse be the Wild Card entry in the Deadwood Derby. They are excellent, hard-working musicians and play with a lot of heart.

truelew 15 years, 1 month ago

I think GUSE would be the best choice for wild card. Those guys would blow the doors off Liberty Hall.

miles_suzanne 15 years, 1 month ago

I would really like to hear the band "Psilenus" perform at the Deadwood Derby. They have a really great sound and original compositions by Jay Robken that sound different to other bands. Theirs is a really polished act. I think lots of other people would enjoy their music, too. I suggest them as a wild card. Suzanne

kelseyyankey 15 years, 1 month ago

Guse rocked it out last night and should be the wild card in the finalsGuse rocks!!!!

biteme 15 years, 1 month ago

Please choose Guse as the wildcard for the finals of the Deadwood Derby!

count11 15 years, 1 month ago

THE GRAVES END!!!Put some HARDCORE in that Derby!!!!!!!

lisaward 15 years, 1 month ago

The Noise FM received the judges' vote and had one less person voting than the winning band--they deserve to be the wild card!!

coryg721 15 years, 1 month ago

JOLLY ROGER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It would bring a better balance to the array of acts to have something a bit harder thrown into the mix. JOLLY ROGER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

faceplant 15 years, 1 month ago

Too many hippie bands every year. I liked what I heard at the Replay Lounge in round 2. Straight forward metal from Lawrence,KS. Damn Coalesce left us so we need something around here.

scuba13 15 years, 1 month ago

If you don't give The Graves End another chance, I will stop recycling!

md_pinks 15 years, 1 month ago

Throwing in my hat for Guse as the Wildcard...good friends and good musicians!

Kenny Nall 15 years, 1 month ago

All the winners had a crowd score of a 100. Maybe that tells you something. Popularity contest or not a real judgement of talent. Who knows?

Psilenus712 15 years, 1 month ago

This Derby gives me a fever..... And the only cure is more Psilenus!!!And more cowbell.

sewashburn 15 years, 1 month ago

Jolly Roger is an excellent band and deserves the wild card slot. They have a great guitar sound and make good use of all their member's significant skill. Drums, bass, guitar and vocals all work together to create a great sound.

md_pinks 15 years, 1 month ago

It's great to see Guse will be playing the finals. The Noise FM are great too, I figured it would be close between the two of did a great job this year getting a very diverse group of bands in the Derby. May 3rd will be an awesome show to catch!

swinneyg 15 years, 1 month ago

GUSE is a great wildcard choice. They will rock your soul & your bones and you will leave feeling musically satisfied!! Their original songs and music are what the crowd wants to hear!!

ryanerate 15 years, 1 month ago

WoW a lot of diverse bands showcased. Another smart choice derby people........

hankscorpio74 15 years, 1 month ago

Posted by shphipps (anonymous) on April 24, 2008 at 7:03 a.m. (Suggest removal)Guse is a high energy group that always puts on an exciting show. They rocked Wakarusa!Posted by sphipps (anonymous) on April 24, 2008 at 7:14 a.m. (Suggest removal)Give the wild card to GUSE.Posted by sandsphipps (anonymous) on April 24, 2008 at 7:17 a.m. (Suggest removal)We want to see GUSE at Liberty Hall.i like how these 3 nearly identical names logged in and left 3 nearly identical comments in a 15 minute spanphipps also (unsurprisingly) appears to be the last name of a member of the bandsuper

cooper37 15 years, 1 month ago

good comments from everyone. maybe next year a little less of a popularity contest. but it was good!

faceplant 15 years, 1 month ago

Hummm... This Derby seems to have to the same problems that people complained about last year. "We ultimately settled on Guse because they brought out the most people of the runner-up bands and because we felt like their style would best add to the variety of the finals."So having all your friends show up to a gig on a Tuesday night is what is wanting? I guess having enough people at the show to tape the turnpike makes sense.

Taurus4889 15 years, 1 month ago

Guse totally deserves the wild card i've seen them play a few times and i think they rock..

proclubitras 15 years, 1 month ago

when playing your guitar with your teeth and trying to light it on fire doesn't get you into the finals, it's nice to see you can always resort to stuffing the ballot box.

hankscorpio74 15 years, 1 month ago

"We ultimately settled on Guse because they brought out the most people of the runner-up bands"that's actually not true - just read the ballots (or even the computations above)in fact, in round 3 alone, guse was 3rd place in crowd votesdactyls had 37, which turned into 100jolly roger had 34, which turned into 92guse had 32, which turned into 86deep thinkers had 10, which turned into 27one can only assume that "brought out the most people" is euphemistic for "had the most posts on the internet"let's not conflate the two, please

truelew 15 years, 1 month ago

The runner-up bands are the ones that placed 2nd in their round. These would be Round 1: Noise FM (14 votes), Round 2: The Graves End (18 votes), Round 3: Guse (32 votes). Of those three RUNNER-UP bands Guse did indeed receive the most votes (not voting percentage, but actual votes). Therefore, Phil's statement IS true.Let's not be sore losers here people. Your band lost. Now get on with your life.

truelew 15 years, 1 month ago

oops. I just realized that the runner-up in Round 2 was Psilenus (24 votes), not Graves End. sorry about that.

faceplant 15 years, 1 month ago

"Let's not be sore losers here people. Your band lost. Now get on with your life."I guess I just expected more from Club Wars and all the other battles are so bad sometimes they can't get their own band members to show up.Funny how the top voted bands had such a high vote count but yet their fans didn't show up? needs a better system for this and not the "online voting" that they couldn't control to be fair.Oh well.....

momsy 15 years, 1 month ago

All I want to do is zooma zoom zoom zoom and a boom boom. Just shake your rump. Check baby.Check baby.1....2....3....

Charley Downey 15 years ago

Why even have the judges at all? If their contribution is essentially irrelevant, then just get rid of them and let it be what it truly is...a contest which determines who can make the most people shake their asses to "danceable music with solid production".

oaas 15 years ago

dylan paul band? seriously??where did gtr love go?

hankscorpio74 15 years ago

so last year there were accusations of cronyismthis year mob rulewhile the cronyism claim was essentially speculative, the mob rule one is indisputablethe band who received the highest score from every one of the five judges didn't win the competitionthat just doesn't look goodwhat can you do besides tweak it a little more next yearthanks for putting it on regardless

proclubitras 15 years ago

"Somehow I still doubt that we're the darling favorites of the Indie Rock community.. but we never really wanted to be. What we wanted was to see if people would get up and support unpretentious, soulful funk, jazz and pop music in a town inundated by indie rock- and you did."-Dylan Paul, actor/singer/culture warrior

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