Six teenage music acts competed in the 2017 Maine Academy of Modern Music (MAMM) Slam Finals at Empire in Portland on May 13. The field included MaineToday Wildcard Winners Spacehaven, The Rubber Band, The Asthmatic, Liam Swift, Yard Sail and Mikayla Gallows. The grand prize, including a recording contract and MECA scholarship, went to girl band Yard Sail: Emma Ivy, Skyler Cummings, Eve and Zoe Gagne and Esme Howland.
The 2017 MAMM Slam Winner: Yard Sail! Zoe and Eve Gagne, Esme Howland, Emma Ivy and Skyler Cummings.
The show opened with Spacehaven, the MaineToday Wildcard Winners.
The second group, The Rubber Band from Windham High School, got lots of judges' kudos.
The afternoon's most unusual performer, The Asthmatic, brought "a soundtrack of surrealism."
Singer-songwriter Liam Swift.
Yard Sail's lead singer (and Skyler Cummings).
Singer-songwriter Mikayla Gallows of Thornton Academy.
Former MAMM student Xander Nelson & band.
Phoebe Howland, Zack Elowitch, Emily Elowitch and Cameron Connolly.
Seth Martin in The Rubber Band.
Abbie Pitre with Genevieve Curtis of Spacehaven.
Dave Young of The Rubber Band.
Justin Lindsay of Scarborough and Olivia Ivy of Portland.
An all-ages show with kids taking seats in front, adults lingering by the bar in the back.
Host Aimsel Ponti, musician Xander Nelson and, in the background, singer-songwriter Mikayla Gallows.
Devon Young of The Rubber Band.
Zoe Gagne (and drummer Eve Gagne) of Yard Sail.
Skyler Cummings and Emma Ivy of Yard Sail.
Yard Sail fans, singing right along.
Mikayla Gallows fans Kate and Elizabeth Sprague.
Xander Nelson, Aimsel Ponti and MAMM instructor Patia Maule
Antoinette Hinitt and Ellie Gagne of Cape Elizabeth.
Mikayla Gallows fans Nicholas Mininni Binette of Biddeford and Alexus Blais of Saco.
Brayden Shaw and Annabelle Melbrooks enjoying the show.
The winners' package included $1,000 from the Rusty Rocket Music Fund.