I've always thought of Columbus musician Jared Mahone as more of a folk-rocker, but the more I listen to his Mraz-esque 2012 release The Mixtape Project, the more I hear strains of R&B coursing through the music too. So I guess it makes sense that Mahone's band is a finalist for Verizon's Indie Icon contest along with soul, hip-hop and gospel artists from across the Midwest. Verizon flew Jared Mahone Band and four other acts to Chicago last month to shoot a promotional video and perform at Buddy Guy's Legends club. Now the winner will be selected with online voting that runs from June 3-16. The winner gets flown to New Orleans this July to perform at the ESSENCE Festival. Go here to see Mahone's performance (he's at 11:17 in the video) and vote.