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The Valley Talent Showcase


Starts on November 6th, 2015 and occurs every month on the first Friday of the month.




Gateway City Live, 92 Race St. Holyoke, MA





Last month's inaugural talent showcase received an impressive line-up and audience alike. November's event expects nothing less with celebrity judges Charles Neville, Roger Salloom and State Representative Aaron Vega in attendance and special musical guests Vic Rosario and Addis Revolution. The contest features performers from the Springfield/Hartford/Pioneer Valley area, working in any form of artistic expression and including both solo and group acts. Prizes are given for the best first and second place performers and include $50-$100 gift certificates to local area businesses as well as cash prizes. Creativity and originality receive bonus points from the judges. Each month additionally features special musical guests. These performances not only give the public the opportunity to see the wide variety of local talent but also provide a platform for these performers to create a buzz that can help kick-start a performing career. While it is a “contest,” it is presented in a low pressure non-threatening atmosphere that aims to make all contestants comfortable. To be a contestant send an email with your name, address, email, photo/video or audio sample of your suggested performance to marksherry@gatewaycityarts.com. Please also note if you are 21 or older. A house sound system, guitar & bass amps and a drum set will be available for your use as necessary. A suggested donation of $3 at the door goes towards providing cash prizes to the winners. For details about the event please visit www.gatewaycityarts.com or contact Mark Sherry at marksherry@gatewaycityarts.com or 413-374-7671.