Knowledge Lives Forever and the Fantods took home best song awards at the fourth annual Made in Reno local talent showcase over the weekend.
Hip-hop, rock and soul band Knowledge Lives Forever protested inequality in the song "The Cause" on Friday night. Lead singer Chari "Knowledge" Smith won over the six judges and for it will have the song played on local rock radio station, KDOT-FM 104.5 among other prizes.
The Fantods, an Americana trio, also will have a song on the radio station after it sang about the beauty of a classic "Oldsmobile."
Eleven bands performed in all in the two-day showcase at The Underground in Reno.
Second place winners, who were given three hours of rehearsal time at Musician Rehearsal Center in Sparks, were the Hardways from Friday night who played the song "Breathing Walls." On Saturday, The John Whites rock band took second place with the song "When the Leaves Were Changing."
"Made in Reno once again showed the country how deep the pool of musical talent is in our city," Co-creator and promoter Michael Sion said. "The nine solo artists who performed acoustically between the competing bands' changeovers on stage were equally gifted. And the crowd turnout was terrific both nights."