Saturday, September 12, 2015

New Monthly Valley Talent Showcase


Watch and cheer on local talent as they heat up the stage in a showcase contest with celebrity judges, every first Friday of the month at Gateway City Live, starting October 2 at 8:00pm.

The contest will feature performers from the Springfield/Hartford/Pioneer Valley area, working in any form of artistic expression and including both solo and group acts. Prizes will be given for the best first and second place performers and will include $50-$100 gift certificates to local area businesses as well as cash prizes. Creativity and originality will receive bonus points from the judges. Judges will include local area celebrities such as elected officials, well known musicians and DJs and other local figures. Each month will additionally feature special musical guests starting with Vic Rosario and Addis Revolution on October 2.

These performances will not only give the public the opportunity to see the wide variety of local talent but also provide a platform for these performers to create a buzz that can help kick-start a performing career.

While it is a “contest,” it is presented in a low pressure non-threatening atmosphere that will make all contestants comfortable. To be a contestant send an email with your name, address, email, photo/video or audio sample of your suggested performance to marksherry@gatewaycityarts.com. Please also note if you are 21 or older. A house sound system, guitar & bass amps and a drum set will be available for your use as necessary.

A suggested donation of $3 at the door will go towards providing cash prizes to the winners. The GCA bar and grill serves drinks/food from 12pm-10pm every Friday. For details about the event please visit www.gatewaycityarts.com or contact Mark Sherry at marksherry@gatewaycityarts.com or 413-650-2670.

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