2010 Sound Off Competition Starts Oct. 6

The first round of the Square Room's Sound Off competition starts next week with a tribute to Journey. That means each band on the bill—electronic jam band Arpetrio, alt-rockers Johnny Astro and the Big Bang and Pegasi 51, large-scale R&B combo Soulfinger, and the Butcher Brothers—will perform two original songs and a Journey cover. (Bonus points for "Wheel in the Sky," a deduction for "Don't Stop Believin'.")

The show starts at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 6, at the Square Room on Market Square. The winner advances to the final round in March. The second round will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 3, with the Big Deuce, Brimstone Treehouse, the Great Great Pines, Silver Jubilee, and the Theorizt.