Rising Stars 2012
Perfect weather graced the Redwood Empire Fairgrounds as the 5th Annual Rising Stars Music Competition got underway. The crews arrived early to make sure that every nuance of this program was executed. Cables were ran, sound checks were made and a new element, live sound recording, was set up. There was excitement in the air as the gates opened for the area's only 12-hour Multi Genre Family Friendly Music Competition.
Our famous MC and Radio Commercial voice, Martan began the show by introducing the judges.. Erika Brewer, T.J. Elton, Eddie Vedolla Jr. and Keith Canova. The sponsors were recognized, the staff and vendors were pointed out, and the party began!
Rising Stars 2012 featured act was Funkacillin. Comprised of a group of five Mendocino County musicians who wanted to represent the edgier side of funk, they incorporate rock and soul into their repertoire. The band features Lex Krauss (guitar) and Ellery Clarke (bass) of Mendozone and Rootstock fame, Cherie Sheraque (vocals) formerly of Groove Approved and currently of Samba Jamba, Jim Dooley (trumpet and keyboard) of all of the above plus others including Soulevity, and Ponce' and Blair Rowland (drums) formerly of Tubesteak Jones and currently with Dumbstruck Genius.
A wide range of musical styles were presented at the 5th Annual Rising Stars. Musicians were grouped into similar genres and assigned a scheduled time for performing. The following is a short biographical listing of all of the acts that participated:
Mr Springer is a Kelseyville musician, retired elementary school teacher who has always enjoyed songwriting. He is completely self taught and his grammatically correct lyrics are a source of love and pride. Here to present his original music is Mr Springer.
From 1996-2000 Shawn Coleman was very active in the arts at Willits High school. He played numerous instruments in the schools band from trumpet to bass guitar and for two years gave lessons to several students during his instrumental training elective. From 2001-2004 Lead guitarist for Mendocino County band, The Thorn Petals.2010-2012 Frontman and guitarist for The Fulcrum.
Introducing Covered in Butter is no easy task; high school buddies, college housemates, burning man theme campmates, world traveling companions, best friends and original rock/reggae/ska/party making music three piece band would be a start. They have been playing together since George Frost broke his first drumstick back in 2004 and their personal lives have been interlocked ever since.
Blues Brothers From Another Mother is what happens when a bunch of musicians get together, drink a little too much and decide to play music. Though this was never intentioned to go any further than the practice, an impromptu performance or two later, fans were asking for more of this band. So, from a beer enabled jam, a band was formed. What to call themselves when they originally didnt plan on being a band was another story.. after many failed suggestions.. mostly turned down by the fans.. Blues Brothers From Another Mother was the name that stuck.
Ethan Walker’s Music is all real, from the heart, everything he writes has meaning. He started rapping when he was 5 and made his very first song in Washington when he was 15. IHemoved to Cali to live with my grandpa and affiliated with K-Town and Fallen Angel Music. he is 16 now, he sings, raps, plays guitar and has been musical his whole life.
Guilty By Association is a group of friends that have been making music for about 7 years now but havent got it out too far.. they just keep making more songs writting music that can relate to peoples problems and trying to stay positive through the strugle of everyday life
Vanity loves doing what we are doing because it is the only thing they know. They are aiming to go as big as they can but are patient enough to deal with mistakes so they are prepared to deal with what is thrown at them so they can bring it to the world.
Casey has been playing guitar since he was a child, he also plays drums and bass and records his own music...he IS Lords of Karma, now accompanied by his oldest daughter Sylvia.
Wretched Sea is a newly formed band from Lakeport Ca. They are all dedicated musicians with much experience performing live. They came together out of a love for Metal music.
At the end of the night, D.J. Crash from JT's Mobile DJ took the stage and rocked the dance floor while the final numbers were determined..
Winners were awarded in each of the 4 divisions with 1st, 2nd and 3rd overall winners awarded. Prizes for musicians included studio time, recording sessions, live music production, limo rides, music certificates and stage performance training amongst other prizes
The winners of this event were:
We had some very talented taking pictures of the whole day!