Wednesday, August 1, 2012

AIMA Summer Showcase Finale and Showcase II Recap!

Get ready for the AIMA Summer Showcase Finale as we head back to Voodoo Lounge inside the House of Blues on August 26, 2012. Doors open at 6pm. Show starts at 7pm.

Live performances include: 

Glitter Rose – 
Glitter Rose is a Southern Rock artist from Ft. Worth, TX. Glitter began her career at the age of 13. She is an accomplished guitarist, a simply genius songwriter, and has vocals packed with power, grit, and originality. Her live show is that of legends, captivating the audience with her high energy performance, and her passionate presence.

Melanie Taylor – 
Originally from San Diego, CA, Melanie Taylor may seem to fit in the Pop category, but she is much more resonating with a sound that combines reggae, 80s pop, hip hop, and dance pop.

David Geftakys – 
Only one word can describe this artist’s genre and that is Rock. He has several releases already under his belt. His first EP, 'Lines In My Hands', was met with strong reviews from both critics and fans. His single 'Say It All' was rated in the top 5% of song reviews by SoundOut, a partner of Fontana music, and his 3rd track from the EP, 'Stellar Phoenix', has become a favorite with Radio DJ's and fans alike. David appeared on the late-night style show, 'Live Taping with David Valdez' at Universal Studios, and was a guest on KCLA's 'The In Show'. But by far David's biggest hit with his fans has been 'Games We Play' which was released along with his first music video.

Special Guest - CassieM
Orange County native CassieM has hit the music scene running and it will be forever changed...for the better. Her vocals are an inspiring and ethereal blend of warm tones and soulful legato; and her music verges on a blend of Katy Perry meets Kelly Clarkson; the sound is a bold, colorful surprising mix of Pop meets rock with a bit of R&B thrown in for good measure.
Rie Sinclair performs "A Moment You Never Dreamed"

This is an all ages event, so the family is welcome to attend.

Location: Voodoo Lounge (2nd floor inside House of Blues) Address: 8430 Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069 Time: 7pm Cover: $10

(All the proceeds go towards costs associated with the 2013 Artists In Music Awards)


On Sunday, we named The Controversy as the winner of the Artists In Music Awards Summer Showcase II.

Saint James Band performing "Everything's Gonna Be Alright"
As the sun fell and the night sky lit up as four incredible artists took the stage on Sunday at the Voodoo Lounge inside the House of Blues in Hollywood, CA.

The night began with the beautiful and talented, Rie Sinclair. The artist played a full set of original work that was familiar if you are a fan of popular television shows like Vampire Diaries, Ghost Whisperer, Californiacation, Nurse Jackie, and many others. She appeared with her entire band and played an acoustic version of her music.

Derik Nelson, a regular on the set of the FOX television show GLEE, made a last minute appearance and graced the stage with an acoustic set of his own. With only an acoustic guitar, he had the crowd swaying to some of his own originals. Derik Nelson’s been performing since the age of seven and his music has appeared on other television shows including, Raising Hope and Felicity.

The third band to take the stage was Saint James Band. This American Folk Rock band rocked it delivering the audience with a modern rock sound infused with a bit of the 70s greats like Led Zeppelin and Bad Company.

The final act of the night was The Controversy. Led by Barcelona, Spain native and 2012 Artist of the Year winner Laura Vall, this Alternative Rock band absolutely won the crowd by playing their fan favorites including “Real” and “Little Star”.

Throughout the show, the judge panel consisting of Uncle Earl of The Ultimate Underground Experience, Rodney & Dawn of At A Glance Talk Radio, and Deborah Huey of Media Nite Radio scored each performer based on composition, vocals, stage presence, and overall delivery. Out of 150 possible points, each band was given a final score.

The Controversy performing "Real"
At the end of the night, only two bands stood out from the rest – Saint James Band and The Controversy. With a dead-even score of 102,
the audience made the final decision and advanced The Controversy to play at the awards ceremony on February 8, 2013 at Key Club in West Hollywood, CA.

For more information about the Artists In Music Awards, go to

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