December Holiday Newsletter | Vote YOUR Favorite Showcase Artist Into the Finals | 2011 Showcase Series Judging Panel | Matt Costa – Home for the Holiday Video Interview | Wahoo’s Caters Showcase Series | The Amazing Colourist | Orange Bits | Big Bad Wolf Album Review

HAPPY HOLIDAYS FROM OC MUSIC AWARDS
2010 has been an amazing year and we are very much looking forward to starting the 2011 Awards Season off right with you on January 4th at Detroit Bar, for the kickoff of the Live Showcase Series!

Have a wonderful New Year’s Eve and here is a little present from our friends at the Grove of Anaheim to help you celebrate!

SHARE TO WIN VIP NYE TICKETS!
The first person to “share” the Awards Newsletter on Facebook with the caption “Sugar Ray – NYE” automatically wins 2 PAIRS of tickets to see Sugar Ray and Donavon Frankenreiter ring in the New Year on 12/31 at Grove of Anaheim! Email a screen shot of your share to info@ocmusicawards.com and win your tickets today!

VOTE FOR YOUR FAVORITE SHOWCASE ARTIST!
NOW YOUR VOTES ADVANCE ONE BAND INTO THEIR SHOWCASE FINALS

For the first time ever, one of the five Showcase Series Finalists will be decided by FAN VOTE! Now YOU have the power to send one Showcase artist to the Best Live Acoustic Finals and Best Live Band Finals.

Visit OCMusicAwards.com to cast your vote and enter to win a massive prize pack from the OC Music Awards partners. Voting will begin on December 27 and will be open through the last Showcase on February 15. The votes will be tallied and the band with highest score will automatically move on to their Series Finals!

KROQ.COM SHOWCASE SERIES COVERAGE

OC Music Awards has teamed up with the World Famous KROQ to bring you interviews with ALL Showcase Series artists, hosted exclusively on KROQ.com. KROQ listeners worldwide will be able to find out about Showcase bands and click through to help vote them into the Showcase Finals!

Stay tuned for more details and Happy Holidays from OC Music Awards!

Judging Panel
ANNOUNCING:
THE 2011 SHOWCASE SERIES JUDGING PANEL

OC Music Awards proudly welcomes our distinguished 2011 Judging Panel:

    KROQ: Guest judges including, Kat Corbett, Beer Mug, Styker & More!
    OC Weekly: Danielle Bacher
    Fearless Records: Joyce Mealey
    BMI: Tavi Shabestari

We look forward to seeing everyone each Tuesday night in January and February! Click here for the full Showcase Series schedule.

Matt Costa

MATT COSTA: HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS

Fresh off his recent tour in support of his new album, Mobile Chateau, we catch up with Matt Costa at home in Costa Mesa.

Matt shares the experience of recording his first EP with Tom Dumont of No Doubt and what songwriting is all about for him. See footage from his homecoming Thanksgiving show at House of Blues, Anaheim and find out why he is already looking forward to getting back on the road.

Videographers: Kyler Locke

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Wahoo's

WAHOO’S CATERING THE 2011 SHOWCASE SERIES!

Awards’ partner Wahoo’s Fish Taco will not only be catering many of the Showcase Series venues, they will also be providing FREE tacos to the first 50 people starting at 8PM each night. So, get to the show earlier to support your artists and your taste buds!

Heard Mentality

Feature

THE AMAZING COLOURIST
By Taylor Hamby

Costa Mesa’s the Colourist have been busy. Since we last heard from them a year and a half ago, they’ve played at South By Southwest in Austin, were nominated for Best New Artist and Best Song for the 2010 OC Music Awards, and have toured extensively, thus snagging the Best Live Band title in the Weekly’s Best of 2010 issue. Made up of keyboardist Justin Wagner, bassist Kollin Johannsen, singer/guitarist Adam Castilla and drummer Maya Tuttle, the Colourist have a residency all this month at Detroit Bar—and then return to the venue on Jan. 4 to play the first night of the 2011 OC Music Awards Showcase Series.

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Orange Bits

ORANGE BITS: YOUNG THE GIANT RECOGNIZED BY AMAZON, JAMESON, CLINT BLACK, AND THE NEW LIMB

By Taylor Hamby

We’re at the home stretch of 2010 and Christmas is rapidly approaching; local bands are also “winning best of 2010 contests” left and right. (See: Young the Giant and Walter Trout.) Also, several bands such as Jameson and Melanoid are getting in the Christmas spirit by playing a toy drive benefit at the Gypsy Lounge.

After the jump, check out our compilation of music stories we didn’t write this week.

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Local Record Review

LOCAL RECORD REVIEW: BIG BAD WOLF
By Ned Raggett

The quintet of fellows who make up Big Bad Wolf–who’ll be celebrating the release of this free EP at a Gypsy Lounge show this Thursday in Lake Forest–clearly have ambition when it comes to their work, no bad thing at all.

Their self-titled EP, though, is the kind of debut release that best serves as an initial calling card rather than a full statement of purpose, if only because it’s clear (at points arguably all too clear) what their various role models include

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