The OC Music Awards kicks off its annual Showcase Series on January 7 at the Yost Theater in Downtown Santa Ana. For eight weeks, you can look forward to free showcases at different venues across the county with lineups from your local faves (ours as well). A total of 35 artists will compete for the title of Best Live Band and a prize pack from the Awards partners that will be announced on January 7 at the first Showcase Series event.
The OC Music Awards Showcase Series is free to submit, free to participate and all shows are free to attend. OC Music Awards says they've received hundreds of submissions from diverse artists all across the county hoping to partake in the two-month long live series.
The showcases will be judged by a panel of music experts (apparently I fall in that category as I will be one of them) scoring each band's performance on musicianship, originality, song composition, stage presence and show attendance. Five finalists in the Best Live Band category will move on to the Showcase Series Finals which will be a free show at the Observatory in Santa Ana on Tuesday, February 25. For the first time this year, the winner of the 2014 Best Live Band Showcase Series will be announced on stage at the main Awards celebration at City National Grove of Anaheim on Saturday, March 8.
Fans of the OC Music Awards Showcase Series artists also have the opportunity to get involved through the Fan Vote. Once the Showcase Series kicks off, fans can vote online at http://ocmusicawards.com for their favorite participating Showcase artist and move one band onto the Showcase Finals, regardless of the Judges scores.
To see the final 35 participating 2014 OC Music Awards Showcase Series artists and the complete Showcase schedule, follow the jump.