Black Diet wins Vita.mn's Are You Local? 2014

SARAH HARPER | Updated 3/7/2014

The soulful garage-rock band played to the crowd at Vita.mn’s fifth annual best-new bands contest.

The question on the minds of everyone who wasn’t at Vita.mn’s fifth annual Are You Local? contest last night has got to be, “Who was local?”
 
The answer is Black Diet, the soulful rock band who delivered the most charming set out of five finalists in the 7th St. Entry last night.
 
Black Diet wins $1,000 in cash and a gig in Austin, Texas on March 14. (#SXSW!)
 
“This is the best day of my goddamn life,” lead singer Jonathan Tolliver said in between grooving out and wooing the crowd during the band’s victory lap in the Mainroom, following performances by Dave Simonett, John Mark Nelson and Gramma’s Boyfriend (featuring Haley Bonar).
 
The competition saw Black Diet best country-pop violinist Jillian Rae, rapper Botzy, the psych-pop foursome Step Rockets and the electro-rock band Teammates, all of whom competed in a packed 7th Street Entry. 
 
The members of Black Diet first met online, via Facebook and Craigslist. This year, they were in First Ave’s Best New Bands showcase, which means they’re close to the local music version of the Triple Crown – all they need to complete the series is a Picked to Click win.
 
After the winner was announced last night, the crowd thinned out a little. Those who stuck around for the Cloak Ox’s set were treated to a solidly fine performance (and not “fine” in the passive aggressive sense—wouldn’t that be local!—but fine as in good.)