The Valley Talent Showcase is a fun monthly live performance event produced by Mark Sherry and held at Gateway City Arts in Holyoke. It's designed to show off exciting new talent in the Springfield/Hartford/Pioneer Valley (“Learning Corridor”) area. Each month (the first Friday) 6 bands and/or solo or duos drawn from all musical genres grace the stage. A few of them you may have heard of or seen somewhere in the area while most will be a fresh new experience for you. Monthly prizes include several hundred dollars of gift certificates to local area sponsoring businesses as well as cash prizes. Judges include local area celebrities (elected officials, well known musicians, and other local figures). The winner of each month’s Talent Showcase will be invited back to be the headline performer for the next month’s Showcase. A “Super Showcase Playoff” featuring the monthly winners of the ‘15-‘16 season will be held in early September. The winner will earn a $500 cash prize, a headline gig at the BIG E in W. Springfield on Saturday Sept 24 (a day that traditionally has over 160,000 attendance), and 20 hrs of free professional studio time at Northfire Studios in Amherst, MA
These events provide an opportunity to see the many talented performers that we’re privileged to have in our area and allow these performers to create a buzz that can help kick-start a performing career. Performers can use any form of artistic expression with music and may be solo or group acts from the W. New England area. Suggested donation is $10 (or whatever you can afford).