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FINAL ROUND of the Sixth Annual “Your Big Break” Competition at Gold Coast Arts Center Saturday, April 21st

FINAL ROUND of the Sixth Annual “Your Big Break” Competition at Gold Coast Arts Center Saturday, April 21st

Finalists From First Two Rounds of Singing Competition Will Go Head-to-Head to See Who Is Crowned The 2018 Champion

Great Neck, NY (April, 2018) — With the first two knockout rounds complete, the Gold Coast Arts Center, Love Revolution Org, and the Rick Eberle Agency are getting ready to present the FINAL ROUND of the 2018 Your Big Break Competition on Saturday, April 21st! Presented in the Gold Coast Acoustic Cafe at 113 Middle Neck Road, Great Neck NY doors open at 7:30pm with the first act hitting the stage at 8:00pm! Advance tickets are $10 for students and $15 for adults ($20 at the door). Refreshments will also be available for purchase.

Come see the top five finalists as they perform for music business execs, producers, radio & TV personalities and more! The winner, as chosen by judges and audience members, will win prizes and recognition that can help boost their music careers. Remember, your votes will count in determining the winner!

FOR TICKETS, VISIT: https://bit.ly/2Dq3gfV

This years finalists are singers/songwriters Kaylee Shahira and Lydia von Hof, and bands 37 Stripes, All Types of Kinds, and Psychopompus:

Kaylee Shahira is a young, passionate indie-pop artist with a killer sound hailing from Northwest Indiana. Shahira loves writing about the questions nobody can answer- living with mental illness, personal life philosophies, and the intricacies of being a social animal. Still at the start of her career, having one EP and her first full length project out, Shahira shows a lot of promise as an emerging artist.

Lydia von Hof is a 16-year-old singer, piano player, and songwriter from Commack, New York. She performed as a soloist at Madison Square Garden at a New York Knicks halftime show, and is the 2016 winner of Long Island’s Got Talent. Aside from singing pop, jazz, R&B, Broadway and opera, Lydia is a classically trained pianist, and has performed classical piano solos at both Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center.  She has been a returning musical guest on PATV’s “The Brick Wall” TV show.

37 Stripes formed in the fall of 2016. The members were introduced at the iSchool of Music and Art in Long Island and quickly connected on a dislike of their home and careers class! They settled on musical upheaval as an alternative expression. They’ve been writing their own music and playing at festivals and venues around NYC ever since. Band Members: Andrew Hahn – Fender bass, sax, keys, Mesa Boogie Amps | Oscar Cellura – Fender guitars, vox, keys, Fender Amps | Zach Levine – percussion |  DW Drums. The band has played at the famous Bitter End in Greenwich Village and Mulcahy’s in Wantagh NY. Acclaim includes finalists in the Town of Oyster Bay Battle of the Bands and the Morgan Park (Glen Cove) Summer Music Festival.

All Types of Kinds is a New York City based Alternative band, consisting of members: Billy Conahan (guitar), Ray Rubio (guitar), Berk O (percussion) and Rocco Stoker (guitar). As a group, they have experience performing various genres of music, from folk to rap and in between. Their music and shows reflect this diverse background and have helped them to have great success in the New York metropolitan area. The guys are all singer/songwriters with a large repertoire of band and personal songs. Having grown up doing acting, musical theater, and stand-up comedy, the group is skilled at crowd engagement, making their shows unique and up-beat. Their personal and group experiences give them the ability to read and play to any crowd, creating a show that is always changing and appealing to everyone.

Psychopompous is the most recent nominal iteration of the musical project formed by singer and guitarist Justin Kelly, percussionist Beni Hahitti, and bassist Maximillian Nero. Formed (first) in 2010 at Great Neck South High/Middle School through a mutual interest primarily in progressive rock, they expanded into an unending plethora of musical interests that continues to grow at an alarming rate. Their music has taken notes from progressive rock, heavy metal, alternative, blues, funk, psychedelia, gregorian chant, tibetan throat singing, and occasionally whale songs. They have been known in the past for their sincere love of technical musicianship, experimentation,  and improvisation.

For the fourth year in a row, there will also be mentors assigned to the finalists. The mentors will work with the artists to help them hone their craft before performing at the finals. While this years mentors are still TBA, past mentors have included American Idol’s Robbie Rosen, Dream Recording Studio’s Jason Melker, Sojourn Record’s Mark Ambosino, producer/songwriter and former VP of A&R at Atlantic Records Jimmy Bralower, singer/songwriter John Hampson of Nine Days, and songwriter/producer Donnie Klang of MTV’s “Making the Band”.

Prizes Include:

  • The chance to open for national acts at major venues like The Paramount

  • Recording time at DCITY Studios and Online TV streaming opportunities

  • Feature on Reverbnation.com

  • Musical equipment from All Music Inc. and ZOOM North America

  • PR and social media campaign including management, booking and label services consultation with Rick Eberle Agency

  • Plus more to be announced!

Judges are major players in the competition as well, with this and past year’s including ReverbNation.com’s Lou Plaia, All Music Inc.’s Guy Brogna, songwriter Tara Eberle Drouin and label executives Jerry Lembo, Linda Ingrisano, Mark Ambrosino.

Now as the FINAL ROUND draws near, get ready for the culmination of the 2018 Your Big Break Competition on Saturday, April 21st at 113 Middle Neck Road, Great Neck NY!

For More Information on Upcoming Classes/Exhibits/Activities at the Gold Coast Arts Center, VISIT: www.GoldCoastArts.org or CALL (516)-829-2570

For Press Inquiries, CONTACT: Rick [AT] RickEberle.com

More About the Gold Coast Arts Center:

The Gold Coast Arts Center is a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to producing and supporting the arts through education, exhibition, performance and outreach. For over 20 years they have brought the arts and arts in education experiences to tens of thousands of people throughout our region through our 1) School for the Arts, which offers year-round classes in all visual and performing arts to students of all ages and abilities, (2) Free public art gallery, (3) Concert and lecture series, (4) Outreach programs, which each year bring artist residencies, after-school programs, school assemblies, teacher training workshops and parent-child workshops to students, senior citizens, teachers and others in underserved communities throughout our region, (5) Year round film screening and discussion series and (6) Gold Coast International Film Festival, now in its 6th year. The Arts Center is an affiliate of the John F Kennedy Center for the for the Performing Arts: Partners in Education Program and National Gallery of Art, both located in Washington DC.

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