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The Rock-itt : April 2011
Well it’s all been happening with open mics and song writing competitions under way on the beaches. As the “Face the Music” at “LA” Avalon draws to a close Mona Vale Hotel’s “Ultimate Song Writing Contest” is getting under way. It’s great to see creative outlets for our young artists to gain valuable experience and constructive criticism, not to mention some great prizes. The third and final heat of “Face The Music” at the “LA” bar and restaurant Barrenjoey Road Avalon, with support from Allans Music/Billy Hyde Mona Vale, was another highly talented and closely contested affair, with the judges scores and the audience vote combining to decide the four acts to go through to the final. The fourth place was a three way dead heat again with the judges having the unenviable task of making that choice. Ross Middleton with his brother Pete and their song, “Every Day” set the bar for the rest of the heat With Pete on guitar and backing vocals, Ross on lead vocals and sax and a computer plugged into the PA for further backing. Ruby Cooper with her song “Falling Apart” received resounding applause. ShUnKy ZeN performed their funky number, “Coffee Song” which caught everyone’s attention. Richard Carney gave a polished performance with his song “Common Ground”. Pheobe Garden played keys as she performed her, “ Just W alk Away”. Gab Portocarrero gave us “Glass House”, an original instrumental played on his twelve string guitar and raised more than just a few eyebrows. Jay Cullen took to the stage with his well written and performed ballad, “Once Taken Twice Tem pted” (love that title). Dan Reid a well known young local Blues man presented his, “ No Name Blues” as only Dan can. Then the last act to perform was young local rock group “de’cuna” and their original number, “I Can See”. Jessie, Jam es Addison and Nick, rocked the house as the last act to com pete then stayed on to do a set while the judges tallied the scores and counted the audience votes. The standard of this was high and the final decision sooo close but only four go through to the final on the 20th March and making it through were, De’cuna, Ruby Cooper, ShUnKy ZeN and Jay Cullen. Special thanks to our judges, Lawrence Attkinson and Kate Lush. Now, with twelve quality acts in the “Face the Music” final decided, it was looking like a show not to be missed. The first heat of the “Ultimate Songwriting Competition” at Mona Vale Hotel was held on the 18th March, each act performed three songs with three acts of six going through. The three acts going through are Maeve Cunningham, Ben Osmo and crowd choice Bec and Stu. Entries are open to enter contact Chris or Jamie on 04166267656. With great prizes and the major prizes being three paid gigs at Mona Vale Hotel this should be great competition. On 20th March and we have the final of “Face the Music” at “LA” Avalon, with twelve really talented songwriters competing for some great prizes and the major prize of four hours recording time at the Mona Vale Music studios with Jason Mannel as sound engineer (what a great prize). As expected the final was a show case of young local talent not to be missed with a crowded house at “LA” to see the show and the audience was not disappointed. The order of performances was decided by a hat draw from one to twelve with the first act due to perform at 3.00pm. As we set up for the show, “LA” was all but empty at with 10 minutes to go, but as we got under way at 10 minutes past, the room had filled to near capacity. For the final we have a panel of four judges, Lawrence Attkinson, of Radio Northern Beaches, Gavin Leech and Jason Mannel from Allans Music/Billy Hyde Mona Vale (our major sponsor) and special guest judge Monique Reeves, a singing teacher at the Billy Hyde studios Mona Vale. First act to kick off the final was Tom Marvel with vocal support from his brother Max and Tom’s song, “ Doors of Perception”. Act two, Bella Kersterns performed her “W hat’s His Face” with support from friend Gab on guitar. Act three, style master, Donnie Raven and his band, The Black Jack Wolf Pack, rocked the house with his “State to Relate”. Act four, young Ruby Cooper did an excellent rendition of her ShUnKy ZeN Ruby Cooper Jay Cullen