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Valley Music Showcase- Season 3 Premier- 2018


January 12th, 2018.




New City Brewery


Mark Sherry



This is the Season Premier and first regular show of Year 3 of The Valley Music Showcase,  a fun, juried live music competition produced by Mark Sherry.  It’s held every other month at the New City Brewery in Easthampton, MA.  The Showcase is designed to show off the best original talent in the Pioneer Valley/Springfield/Hartford (“Learning Corridor”) area.  At each event 6 bands and/or solo or duos drawn from all musical genres are selected to grace the stage.  They compete for about $1,000 dollars of gift certificates and other prizes from various local sponsoring businesses.  In addition the band that wins will be invited to be the headliner and open the next Showcase event.  All the Showcase event winners during the year will also compete for the Grand Prizes that include 20 hours free studio recording time at Northfire Studios in Amherst, recording a music video at GCTV, a 12 hr music marketing consulting package, and many hundreds of dollars in other prizes.  Celebrity judges at each event include well known musicians, elected officials (mayors, State Senators and Representatives) DJs, and other well-known business/community members.
Admission: $5 (adv.) $8 @door ….  for 6 Great bands!  (each contestant will play a 20 minute set)


The Special Guest is Shokazoba” Overall 1st Place Winner of the 2017 Valley Music Showcase Finals Competition—they will play an opening 30 min set and a closing set
Style/Genre: Funk/Afro beat    Hometown: Northampton, MA
Song link: http://shokazoba.bandcamp.com/track/ordinary-people

1) Intonition         Style/Genre: Soul/Blues/Americana Indie rock           Hometown: Hadley, MA

Song Link: < a href="https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCentzoXLSeMD_CVeUUym14g%20">https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCentzoXLSeMD_CVeUUym14g< /a>

2) Snowhaus     Style/Genre: Shred-pop            Hometown: Hadley, MA

Song link: https://snowhaus.bandcamp.com/

3) Lunar Carnival             Style/Genre: Folk            Hometown: Belchertown, MA      
Song link: < a href="https://www.lunarcarnival.com/music">https://www.lunarcarnival.com/music< /a>

4) Matus-Salins Marching Band     Style/Genre: Progressive chamber music/folk   Hometown: Chesterfield, MA

Songlink: www.youtube.com/watch?v=mwlGKbbRnLo

5) Matt Byrde           Style/Genre: Indie/Americana            Hometown: Northampton, MA

Song link: < a href="https://mattbyrde.bandcamp.com/track/">https://mattbyrde.bandcamp.com/track/< /a>

         (See < a href="http://www.facebook.com/valleymusicshowcase">www.facebook.com/valleymusicshowcase< /a> for more information about the contestants.)

Guest Judges: Nicole LaChapelle, newly elected Mayor of Easthampton, MA, Kara Kharmah, PRIA Music Marketing, & Mark Sherry, Producer VMS

Produced by Mark Sherry & Sponsored by New City Brewery, Eastern States Exposition, Easthampton Savings Bank, 93.9 The River, Northfire Recording Studio, Salon 413, Galaxy Restaurant, The Dam Café, Big E’s Supermarket, Esoteric

Empyre, Dean’s Beans, Comics n’more, Tandem Bagels, Provisions- Northampton, Valley Quarterly, Turn it Up, Sharktank Tattoos, Falcetti Music, GCTV, Mantis Graphics, Healy Guitars, Head Eaze, Valley Free Radio, Goat Peak Strings, Antonios Pizza, Ashtanga Yoga- Northampton, PRIA Music Marketing, Whip City Music, Telefunken Elektroakustik