OC Music Awards 2014 Best Live Band Finalists Announced

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Bridget Arias
The OC Music Awards announced the finalists for the 2014 Best Live Band competition. After seven weeks of Tuesday night concerts, it's about time we get down to the nitty gritty. So who are we going to see in the final round at the Observatory on February 25? Find out now!

This year's finalists for the OCMA Best Live Band Competition Are:

Rebel Revive
Midnight Hour
Well Hung Heart
Beneath the Buried
Solution (Fan Vote)

This year's rock heavy lineup was chosen by a point system, as each round of the competition progressed, bands were given a score by panel of "music industry professionals" (including yours truly) to determine the outcome. The panel also included Kyle Parsons of Fearless Records, Nadia Betkouchar of CBS Radio, and Tazy Phyllypz of Ska Parade. Judges scored the bands on musicianship, originality, song composition, stage presence, audience participation and attendance.

While it's a bit surprising that no bands from the OCMA's big opening night at the Yost made the cut, including last year's finalists Jeramiah Red, having some new blood in the finals can't be a bad thing. The public was able to visit ocmusicawards.com and cast their Popchips Fun Fan Vote to automatically send one Showcase Series artist on to the Finals regardless of the judges' scores. Reggae outfit Solution earned this spot for the second year in a row, thanks to fans who seem to refuse to let the band be denied. Perhaps the band can share some of the $500 cash or their newly acquired year's supply of Pop Chips--the prize for winning the slot.

Each of the five Showcase Series finalists will receive an Ernie Ball Tour Pack filled with strings and accessories. The winner of the Best Live Band category will receive a four-day recording session at Red Bull Studios, $500 gift certificate from Guitar Center, $500 cash courtesy of Audiofly, an Ernie Ball Full Endorsement, custom Music Man instruments for each string player in the band, a song on the 2014 Vans Warped Tour compilation album, and the category title. The winner of Best Live Band will be announced on stage at the 2014 OC Music Awards celebration Saturday, March 8 at City National Grove of Anaheim.

The online voting for the People's Choice Award category closed on Saturday, February 15 at midnight. Thousands of votes were cast to determine the five nominees. The nominees in the category will be announced at the Best Live Band Finals on February 25 at The Observatory, which starts at 7:30 p.m. The winner of the category will be determined via text voting at the March 8 Awards celebration at City National Grove of Anaheim.

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7 comments
Birgit Penzenstadler
Birgit Penzenstadler

The webpage of the observatory doesn't list the 25th in their events - could you confirm that the final is happening there from 7:30pm onwards? How much are tickets? Thanks a lot in advance!

Aric Villarreal
Aric Villarreal

It's funny how OC Weekly now covers metal bands. I remember when the only time we could catch any of that stuff was when bands would come down from LA or Riverside to play at the Shack!

Alex Vincent
Alex Vincent

Something Horrible is back with a new band, Rules of Attraction, and we're gunning for every OC Music Award in 2015! Even the ones we're grossly unqualified for.

Debi Crilly
Debi Crilly

Oh no!! I can't believe that! Are those people tone deaf?? So sorry!!

Debby Dickson
Debby Dickson

So sorry after one of the bestshowsgiven Jeramiah Red did notmKe the live band cut! Co grats to the rest of you!

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