Fronted by charming keyboardist/vocalist Kate Crowder, the whimsical Two Way Radio took home the audience award, garnering $3000 in studio time at Ardent Studios, despite some sound-mix problems that harmed their set and kept them from matching the quality of their recorded work.
The Barbaras which put 10 young musicians on the Hi-Tone stage delivering a spirited set amid balloons, bubbles, and an inflated penguin won the judges award, picking up $1500 in advertising from the Flyer.
There were two other bands competing: Mike Dees opened the night with a set of straight-forward, sometimes old-fashioned power-pop. Hi Electric delivered a strong set of more melodic, less predictable pop-rock, singer-songwriter Neil Bartlett backed by an all-star crew of local rock stalwarts, including former Grifter Dave Shouse on keyboards. Chris Herrington