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O.C.’s music industry takes the spotlight with showcase series

More than 30 groups are vying for Best Live Band and Best Live Acoustic awards.

BY JENNA SWEENEYPublished: January 04, 2011 10:18 AM

The local music industry will take the spotlight for the next seven weeks, as the 10th annual O.C. Music Awards season kicks off tonight at the Detroit Bar in Costa Mesa.

This year, 35 local artists are competing for Best Live Band and Best Live Acoustic titles, plus a performance slot at the main event on March 5.

In addition to the main honors, the academy has added two new awards this year – Best Youth Band and Best Music Video.

Five bands are set to perform in each showcase, which will be held on Tuesday evenings leading up to the O.C. Music Awards event. Venues include Detroit Bar in Costa Mesa, The District in Tustin, The LAB in Costa Mesa and The Slidebar in Fullerton.

The top bands are chosen by O.C. Music Awards Academy Members, who include local music critics, talent buyers, promoters and studio owners.

Band nominees are judged on originality, stage presence, crowd participation, song composition and overall performance.

The final contenders for the Best Live Acoustic band will compete at Fullerton Museum on Thursday, Feb. 24, and The Best Live Band finals will be held at The Galaxy on Friday, Feb. 25.

Here is the schedule of showcase performances:

Tonight (Jan. 4)
7:30 p.m.
Detroit Bar, Costa Mesa
Best Live Band
•    Preacher’s Sons (Fullerton)
•    Handsome G (Costa Mesa)
•    The Colourist (Costa Mesa)
•    The Steelwells (Fullerton)
•    The New Limb (Costa Mesa)

Jan. 11
7 p.m.
The District, Tustin
Best Live Acoustic
•    Skee (Sunset Beach)
•    Honeypie (Huntington Beach)
•    Headshine (Huntington Beach)
•    Canvas (Santa Ana)
•    Stacy Clark (Costa Mesa)

Jan. 19
7:30 p.m.
The Gypsy Lounge, Lake Forest
Best Live Band
•    The Gromble (Laguna Niguel)
•    Strange Birds (Costa Mesa)
•    May McDonough (Orange)
•    Kiev (Orange)
•    California Condors (Orange)

Jan. 25
7 p.m.
The LAB, Costa Mesa
Best Live Acoustic
•    The Orange Effect (Anaheim)
•    Brothers of the Castle (Santa Ana)
•    I Hate You Just Kidding (Costa Mesa)
•    Case Brothers (Newport Beach)
•    Fast Forward Romance (Orange)

Feb. 1
7:30 p.m.
Tiki Bar, Costa Mesa
Best Live Band
•    She Screams Remedy (Anaheim)
•    Entice (Orange County)
•    Railroad to Alaska (Orange County)
•    Pistolero (Costa Mesa)
•    Seedless (Orange)

Feb. 8
7 p.m.
The Gypsy Den, Santa Ana
Best Live Acoustic
•    Justin Soileau (Orange County)
•    Micah Brown (Dana Point)
•    Parker Macy Blues (Costa Mesa)
•    Danny Maika (Huntington Beach)
•    The Foxx & Da Hound (Tustin)

Feb. 15
7:30 p.m.
The Slidebar, Fullerton
Best Live Band
•    Echo Echo (Santa Ana)
•    Stereofix (Costa Mesa)
•    Fiction Reform (Orange County)
•    We Are the Arsenal (Costa Mesa)
•    BLOK (Costa Mesa)

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