OC Music Awards Announce Live Showcase Series and New Submission Categories

Can you believe the OC Music Awards is celebrating its 10th anniversary? The newest season kicks off on Jan. 4, and as usual, there will be seven weeks of free showcases at different venues around OC. Today, they announced the Best Live Band and Best Live Acoustic Showcase series (see the schedule after the jump).

Local acts--35 of them--will compete for awards such as Best Live Band and Best Live Acoustic, plus a chance to perform at the 2011 OC Music Awards on March 5 at the Grove of Anaheim.

The Steelwells won Best New Artist last year; this year they're competing for Best Live Band
The Steelwells won Best New Artist last year; this year they're competing for Best Live Band
Christopher Victorio/OC Weekly

This year, there are new submission categories--Best Youth and Best Music Video. The Best Youth category requires the majority of band members or the solo artist be under the age of 16, while the Best Music Video considers videos produced in 2010. Submissions for both categories are free and open to the public on OC Music Awards website through December 31. 

According to a statement from OC Music Awards director Ashley Eckenweiler, over 500 artists submitted to the 2011 Showcase Series, which will kick off at the Detroit Bar on Jan. 4.

Upcoming Events

Every Tuesday night through February 15, the showcase (which will also be at the District at Tustin Legacy, The Gypsy Lounge, The LAB, Tiki Bar, The Gypsy Den of Santa Ana and The Slidebar in Fullerton) will have five finalists performing live in each category before moving on to the showcase series finals.

Best Live Acoustic Finals will take place at Fullerton Museum on Thursday, February 24 and the Best Live Band Finals at The Galaxy on Friday, February 25.

2011 Showcase & Awards Schedule

Tues. 1/04, 7:30pm - Detroit Bar, Costa Mesa (Best Live Band, FREE, 21+)

Preacher's Sons (Fullerton)

Handsome G (Costa Mesa)

The Colourist (Costa Mesa)

The Steelwells (Fullerton)

The New Limb (Costa Mesa)

Tues. 1/11, 7pm - District Tustin Legacy, Tustin (Best Live Acoustic, FREE, All Ages)

Skee (Sunset Beach)

Honeypie (Huntington Beach)

Headshine (Huntington Beach)

Canvas (Santa Ana)

Stacy Clark (Costa Mesa)

Tues. 1/18, 7:30pm - The Gypsy Lounge, Lake Forest (Best Live Band, FREE, 21+)

The Gromble (Laguna Niguel)

Strange Birds (Costa Mesa)

May McDonough (Orange)

Kiev (Orange)

California Condors (Orange)

Tues. 1/25, 7pm - The LAB, Costa Mesa (Best Live Acoustic, FREE, All Ages)

The Orange Effect (Anaheim)

Brothers of the Castle (Santa Ana)

I Hate You Just Kidding (Costa Mesa)

Case Brothers (Newport Beach)

Fast Forward Romance (Orange)

Tues. 2/01, 7:30pm - Tiki Bar, Costa Mesa (Best Live Band, FREE, 21+)

She Screams Remedy (Anaheim)

Entice (Orange County)

Railroad to Alaska (Orange County)

Pistolero (Costa Mesa)

Seedless (Orange)

Tues. 2/08, 7pm - The Gypsy Den, Santa Ana (Best Live Acoustic, FREE, 21+)

Justin Soileau (Orange County)

Micah Brown (Dana Point)

Parker Macy Blues (Costa Mesa)

Danny Maika (Huntington Beach)

The Foxx & Da Hound (Tustin)

Tues. 2/15, 7:30pm - The Slidebar, Fullerton (Best Live Band, FREE, 21+)

Echo Echo (Santa Ana)

Stereofix (Costa Mesa)

Fiction Reform (Orange County)

We Are the Arsenal (Costa Mesa)

BLOK (Costa Mesa)

Thurs. 2/24, 6pm - Fullerton Museum, Fullerton - (Listening Wall Exhibit Opening, FREE, All Ages)

Thurs. 2/24, 7:30pm - Fullerton Museum, Fullerton - (Best Live Acoustic Finals, FREE, All Ages)
Fri. 2/25, 7:30pm - The Galaxy, Costa Mesa - (Best Live Band Finals, FREE, All Ages)
Sat. 3/5, 7pm - Grove of Anaheim - (OC Music Awards, $25, All Ages)

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