OC Nights: OC Music Awards Series Showcase Heats Up Fullerton
Featuring Handsome G, We Are The Pilots, Pawn Shop Kings, The Steelwells, Argyle Smile
This third installment of the OC Music Awards Showcase Series took place at The Continetal Room in Fullerton last night. At the highest attended OC Music Awards Showcase to date, 682 people came through the classic Continental Room in Fullerton that usually hosts 150 or so on a good Tuesday night. By 8:30 pm the venue was bustling. Barely an hour later a line was stretched down the block. Thankfully the rain took a break and local music prevailed.
Five Best Live Band hopefuls filled the intimate stage with Handsome G’s reminiscent pop rock ballades opening the performances. We Are the Pilots followed with an impressive first show in a new band configuration. Next came Pawn Shop Kings with a pleasing full band versus their typical duo acoustic outfit. The Steelwells wowed the crowd with an anticipated strong set and Argyle Smile closed out the Showcase with a whimsically playful performance. Then surprise guest artist, Brandon Saller, drummer of OC metal icon Atreyu, graced the stage with his new solo acoustic set. As the Showcase Series continues to grow and build momentum towards the 3/6 Awards event, night number three proved nothing short of spectacular.
The fourth showcase visits Gypsy Den in downtown Santa Ana next Tuesday, January 26 for Best Live Acoustic solo performances by The Vacuum Bell, Kurt Hunter, Marc B, and Mike Vitale, and duo I Hate You Just Kidding. The event starts at 7pm. Performances begin at 7:15pm sharp. Gypsy Den is an all ages, intimate venue. Early arrival is suggested!
The winning band will have a chance to perform at The OC Music Awards at The Grove of Anehiem on March 6, 2010
Showcases will take place on Tuesday nights at various locations in Orange County. So far we've seen: Kiev, Melanoid, Yellow Red Sparks, The Union Line, Make Moon, Matt Kollar and the Angry Mob, Barrett Johnson, Billy Kernkamp, Stacy Clark, Canvas
Here's a quick schedule for January- February:
Tuesday, January 26th The Gypsy Den, Santa Ana
The Vacuum Bell, Kurt Hunter, Marc B, Mike Vitale, I Hate You Just Kidding
Tuesday, February 2nd Chain Reaction, Anaheim
Moostache, Halos, The Colourist, The Bolts, Blok
Tuesday, February 9th OC Tavern, San Clemente
Skee, Carly Layne, Parker Macy Blues, Christina Dletz, Allensworth
Tuesday, February 16th Gypsy Lounge, Lake Forest
Duress, The New Limb, Dusty Rhodes and the River Band, Stereofix, The Color Turning
Friday, February 26th Live Acoustic Finals Yost Theatre, Santa Ana
Saturday, February 27th Live Band Finals Samueli Theatre, OCPAC
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