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Readers' Choice: Vote for the Best Music Act

Patch readers nominated their favorites, so vote to determine which one is the Readers’ Choice 2012 winner.

Who are the best music acts in the area? Cast your vote to let us know.

Patch is relaunching its Readers’ Choice program and we’re asking you, your friends, family, neighbors, coworkers and anyone else who knows about the area to participate.

Nominations were accepted on various Central New Jersey Patch site through July 9 and include:

  • The Eddie Testa Band
  • Mission Dance
  • Dynasty Entertainment
  • VoiceWorks
  • Express Entertainment Production
  • The Bar-Top Bandits
  • Flora Duo
  • Steve Conte
  • Tommy Strazza
  • Billy Simmons
  • Ben Weiner
  • The New Brunswick Jazz Project
  • The Good Life
  • Steve the Band
  • Miss Amy
  • Mr. Ray

Winners in all Readers' Choice categories will be announced on Aug. 24.

The poll opened July 23 and closed Aug. 17.

Dave Kapulsky July 27, 2012 at 05:02 PM
The Nerds...definitely!
NJarhead July 27, 2012 at 05:14 PM
The Nerds are hands down, the best NJ Cover Band ever, but they are from Hudson County.
Dave Kapulsky July 27, 2012 at 06:30 PM
How do you define where a band is from? The Nerds play many gigs in Central NJ, and the lead singer, Spazz, lives around the corner from me in Freehold.
NJarhead July 27, 2012 at 06:56 PM
That's what's listed on their web-site. I know they play around here, been going to see them for 20 years myself.
Richard Eisenbeis August 03, 2012 at 12:53 PM
Any list without BOB BURGER is grossly incomplete. He is an awesome guitar player, vocalist, and song writer. Who else can say they have played alongside Paul McCartney, Jon BonJovi, Billy Joel, jimmy Buffet, and Roger Waters....all on the same night. Bob plays all over Monmouth County doing original music and covers. His gigs range from acoustic solo performances, to acoustic duets with the incredible Jimmy Leahey, to 6 piece electric band shows. Bob has put together many "tribute" shows at McCloone's Supper Club. If you haven't seen Bob perform, you don't know what you're missing. My vote is for BOB BURGER.
linda August 05, 2012 at 06:49 PM
Backyard Superheros... great new ska band!
Lisa August 06, 2012 at 02:43 PM
I personally am enthralled with Sibling Rivalry. Very talented teens.
John Saccenti (Editor) August 06, 2012 at 02:47 PM
here's a video from the East Brunswick Patch of Sibling Rivalry. They were performing at the Middlesex County Fair. http://patch.com/A-kJNR
Dave Kapulsky August 06, 2012 at 04:27 PM
Sibling Rivalry gets my vote as the most talented teens around! Mature way beyond their years!
Lisa August 06, 2012 at 07:01 PM
What a vivacious and entertaining concept, Theresa! Just pored through your website and facebook. Keep up the great work and best of luck.
Kenneth Roberts August 07, 2012 at 07:33 PM
Billy simmons is a great act, a great time for all
Jen Roberts August 07, 2012 at 08:25 PM
How do we vote? Just leave it as a comment? I vote for Billy Simmons!!! Great musician.... Great times!!
Kaitlyn Anness August 07, 2012 at 08:28 PM
Jen, you can vote in the poll above int he article. Thanks!
Helen Rupp August 08, 2012 at 01:56 AM
Billy Simmons is great! Check out his website at www.BillySimmonsAcoustic.net
Meredith Lowden Mazzucca August 08, 2012 at 07:48 PM
Welcome to TheGoodLife!!! https://www.facebook.com/thegoodlifenj!!
Carlos Alberto Suárez August 10, 2012 at 11:30 AM
Already did Theresa. :)
Candace Schur August 10, 2012 at 07:15 PM
I cannot figure how to vote maybe this doesn't work from cell phone and I have no computer. But I would just like to say I vote for BILLY SIMMONS!! He is one of the most soulful singer/guitarists that I know and when he plays live I can see the amazment on faces around the bar because you can feel that he puts every bit of himself into performing. Please choose Billy Simmons he deserves this! =]
John W Geis Jr August 14, 2012 at 11:51 PM
FYI Voters!!!! If you are using a Android phone you need to click "desktop site" under the comments box. Drove me nuts for a while there
Kaitlyn Anness August 15, 2012 at 12:02 AM
John--thank you so much for that!
Samantha Sessa August 16, 2012 at 11:54 PM
Billy Simmons all the way!!!
K August 17, 2012 at 02:42 AM
Billy Simmons, duh!
P. Walsh August 17, 2012 at 02:39 PM
Steve (The Band) smokes all these fools. Live, ORIGINAL, jam-improv plus killer covers? yesplease.
John W. August 17, 2012 at 02:42 PM
Steve (the band), for the win!!! check it out if you don't beleive me soundcloud.com/stevetheband
John W. August 17, 2012 at 02:42 PM
also - not just a cover band; Steve (the band) brings great original live music and some killer cover selections every time they play.
Sarah B. August 17, 2012 at 03:39 PM
I think you guys should check out Wilson-n-Main from Hightstown. They are amazingly talented and should be recognized for it!!
William August 17, 2012 at 05:06 PM
I think there is something wrong. Either the good life is cheating or the site is broken. How can you go from 110 to 135 in two minutes? I voted for billy simmons and bam, the good life gained 20 votes. FAIL!
Kaitlyn Anness August 17, 2012 at 05:12 PM
With just hours left before voting ends, each band could be asking their fans for that extra push at the last minute. It is very possible that 30 people voted in a matter of minutes. Thanks for interacting with Patch! We hope to continue to do so!
Dom Dev August 17, 2012 at 10:16 PM
Check out The Good Life at Bar A in Belmar tonight (8/17/12) & tomorrow night at Park 33 in Freehold. Like us on Facebook. thegoodlifenj.net
eli August 18, 2012 at 01:18 PM
Hater in the house!! The Good Life has almost 1200 FB likes and it was the last day of voting and the call went out. Billy Simmons has 67…. You do the math.
NJarhead August 18, 2012 at 01:54 PM
Who cares what Facebook says? Lol

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