The Merkins were a part of our Big Gig Contest, landing themselves in the Top 5.

When The Merkins hit the stage, it’s clear that they are veterans. They bring a clean, crisp, rock n’ roll sound that most bands would envy.

The Merkins are a 5 piece, original alternative/power/rock group. They are known for delivering high energy performances and their critically acclaimed songwriting.

The band includes:

  • Jen – vocals
  • Bill – bass
  • Jason – drums
  • Bill – guitar
  • BJ – guitar

The band has earned not one, but two Rockford Area Music Industry (RAMI) awards. Their single, “Superglue,” won the 2004 critic’s choice award for song of the year. “Sonic Delight” earned album of the year distinction in 2009.

They continue to write new music and are planning the release of their 4th record.

You’ve probably seen The Merkins before, not just before our Big Gig Contest in April of 2018. They have shared the stage with SevenMary3, Ra, Sevendust, Shallowside, Theory of a Deadman, Wayland, Royal Bliss and more. They’ve performed in much of the Stateline at venues like the Rave, Otto’s, District, DoubleDoor, Kryptonite, Elixur, Poopies and the Klinic.

If you happened to miss them on stage at The Apollo Theatre during our Big Gig Contest, here is the video they submitted that landed them in the Top 15 for voting:

The Merkins are a must see, you can see more from them HERE.

*** To hear local bands on The X, tune into The Revolution, hosted by Rev. TimE – Sunday nights from 11 p.m. – midnight.

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