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Music Madness Tournament: D.C. artists are battling it out, bracket-style

Chuck Brown: one of the legendary D.C. musicians who will appear in our Music Madness Tournament. (Michael Williamson/The Washington Post)

So you filled out your NCAA basketball tournament brackets weeks ago, and your grand vision for success didn’t quite work out the way you’d planned. Another year, another set of bracket dreams crushed, right?

But there’s one more chance! Forget hoops, and feel the harmony. The Washington Post Magazine’s D.C. Music Madness Tournament gives you 32 of Washington’s greatest musical artists of all time as they go head to head. Duke Ellington vs. Rare Essence. Fugazi vs. Dave Grohl. Marvin Gaye vs. Nils Lofgren. They’re all here and trying to rocket to the top.

Starting Monday, go to and pick your winners in the first round, and then come back Tuesday to see who, based on online votes, has advanced to the second round. On Wednesday pick your third-rounders, and on Thursday see who made it to the Final Four. On Friday, pick your Music Madness Championship winner.

We’ll announce the winning results online, and on Sunday, open The Washington Post Magazine and compare whom the readers voted for against the selections of Post music critic Chris Richards.

Voting starts Monday. Let the music battles begin!

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