Four Local Bands in Top 15 of 98.7's Rockstar Contest

Four Local Bands in Top 15 of 98.7's Rockstar Contest

Of all the ways to make your band's wildest dreams come true, winning a radio station contest might not have the most street cred, but it certainly seems efficient.

98.7 FM is currently running their "So You Wanna Be A Rockstar" concert, with bands competing for a prize of $10,000 cash, $5,000 worth of gear from the "Best Buy Musical Instruments store," a gig at an upcoming 98.7 event, photo session with Sterling Andrews and a "full day" (10 hours, they say) of recording time at NightBird Studios in West Hollywood, which they've estimated to be worth $2,000. OK, that's probably not "all" of any band's wildest dreams, unless they have oddly specific goals. But there are worse things that could happen to a group.

The field has now been whittled down to 15 finalists, including four bands from 'round these parts. Irvine rockers Entice (pictured) and hip-poppers Non-P, Yorba Linda's 1 Away and Long Beach hip-hop crew Audible Mainframe. Nate Jackson reviewed Audible Mainframe's new record Transients recently in the Weekly, and Entice have popped up a few times in this here blog. Non-P and 1 Away are new to us, but Non-P filmed a video in the KUCI studio, and 1 Away's lead singer has the "sensitive tough guy" thing down pat, so they've got that going for them.

The field of 15 will be narrowed down to 5 through votes on 98.7's website. One of the finalists, Eyeshine, has former Mighty Morphin Power Ranger Johnny Young Bosch for a lead singer, so our four locals are clearly in esteemed company. You can vote once a day until 5 p.m. this Monday, September 21, then the top 5--each band making it this far will win a Gibson SG guitar, not too shabby--will battle it out Friday, September 25 at CityWalk in Universal City.

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