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The Rock-itt : February 2011
get the crowd going and joined by Richie, the bass player and harpist from local band, "Nothing too Serious" playing his harmonica, some big fun was the way we finished the Sunday. At this moment I have the pleasure of announcing, in conjunction with Allens Music/Billy Hyde Mona Vale and the "LA" Bar and Restaurant, a song writing competition will be held at the "LA" Bar and Restaurant, Old Barrenjoey Road, Avalon. "FACE THE MUSIC at LA". Entrants will enter and perform one song. There will be three heats with twelve contestants in each. Only four of the contestants will go through to the final. There will be a judging panel which will account for 50% of the vote, with the audience popular vote accounting for the other 50%. The highest three scoring contestants will go through automatically and the fourth to go through will be the judges' choice. In the final there will be no judges' choice. Prizes, including musical products, gift vouchers and a major prize of four hours of recording time at the MVM studios, Mona Vale on offer, every contestant is a winner. The first heat will be on the Sunday 6 February between 3pm and 5.30pm, with the final on Sunday the 20 March. To enter, contact Mal on 0417421172 or email to; malcolm firstname.lastname@example.org There should be some great acts for this one. After the 5.30 completion, normal open mic will commence till 8pm. On 16 February, we had our second open mic at "LA" with Ben Osmo unveiling his new loop station which gave him a whole new dimension. With drum presets and looping, Ben had a band sound happening all on his own. Sacha Evens gave a new original and performed a cover archipelago for something different. Two delightful young ladies, Emma and Elena came up from Manly to our open mic for the first time, playing a set of originals (Emma guitar and vocals with Elena playing clarinet). Tim jumped on the beat- box to add some depth. Bella came back with Gab on guitar and vocals to entertain for a set. They are improving as their confidence grows. That's good to see, as is another new act to the "LA" open mic stage, Lauren (vocals) and Collin (guitar) who gave us a set of cruisey folk styled music. Then Avalon trio Sophie, Bianca and Ellie took to the stage with their mix of covers and originals. Last show the girls called themselves "Jail Bait", this time they were "Off With Her Head". You've got to love a sense of humour. Also, the girls really put across some great harmonies and are always fun. Our last act did a last minute no show so friends Richard Carney and Tim Rawlinson teamed up with an impromptu set of covers which yours truly got to play along as well for a bit of a jam. Richard making my old Gibson sing, we all had a lot of fun with Jaymai Johnson on vocals closing out the show. Now another big piece of exciting news, Radio Northern Beaches (88.7 and 90.3 on the dial) DJ Laurence Atkinson contacted our editor Pete Johnson who contacted me with the idea of featuring our local talent live on his Saturday afternoon radio program, "Stress Free Saturday" where we would feature one act performing live whilst also being interviewed about their music, horizons, influences and expectations. I thought this was a brilliant way to get our local talent some decent exposure and went in to sit in and be interviewed myself. Although a little nerves were about, Laurence made me feel quite at ease. So tune in to 88.7 or 90.3 next Saturday from 3 to 5pm and enjoy what I get to, at first hand and enjoy the local talent, on Radio Northern Beaches. Lauren Collin Richard Carney with my "Baby" Gavin Leach doing khe Sanh Charlie and Jay