This year the Battle of the Bands Competition turns to the 1980s.

While last year we selected artists, this year we have decided to focus on albums – specifically from the decade of the 1980s. Hector Alfonso of Espinosa Cigars and John McTavish of Developing Palates are once again back and participating.

The concept works as follows: Dave, Coop, Hector, and John will each pick eight albums. The selections will occur via a “Draft.” Once the albums are selected, each participant will seed them, place them into brackets and you will decide who should move on. We will go through each round on Twitter, until there is a winner from each of the four brackets. From that point, the four bracket winners will square off in a final four.

The tournament commences the week of March 27th with two matchups a day to vote on. Each vote will be eligible to compete to win one of three special prizes that will be announced

For this show, Hector smokes the Knuckle Sandwich 55, John smokes a RoMa Craft CroMagnon, Dave smokes the Rocky Patel Winter Collection Robusto, and Coop smokes the Espinosa Sarsaparilla.

Tune in to the premiere on YouTube on Monday 3/13/23 at 8pm ET. The show will also be posted on the Cigar Coop Facebook Live page, but due to changes in Facebook it will no longer be a show premiere.

Because there are 32 albums drafted, there is no playlist for this episode.