February 15, 2011 | 8:13am
Sadly, we're nearing the end of the OC Music Awards showcase series--but that means we are nearing the 2011 Music Awards Ceremony at the City National Grove of Anaheim on March 5. Tonight, local acts Echo Echo, Stereofix, Fiction Reform, We Are Arsenal and Blok will compete in the category of Best Live Band.
Once again, radio personality Beer Mug from KROQ-FM 106.7's morning show will host the event. Free PopChips will be distributed throughout the show, and the first 50 people will get free tacos from the Wahoo's Fish Taco truck.
Be sure to cast your fan vote
online and help an artist in each category (who weren't chosen by the panel of judges) to move to the Showcase Series Finals. Also enter for chance to win a $500 gift card from Best Buy, a year supply of Wahoo's tacos, two tickets and one hotel room in Las Vegas for Redbull's Sound Clash on March 12, and a year's supply of Pop Chips. Check it out here.
Also, at the Best Live Acoustic Finals on Feb. 24, the OC Music Awards will open its annual listening-wall exhibit in the Leo Fender Gallery. It will feature 11 iPod listening stations representing 24 of the awards categories with a song from each nominated artist. The exhibit will run through May 8.
Join me at 7:30 tonight at the Slide Bar in Fullerton to cheer on your favorite acts. The best part? It's free. Be there (must be 21 to enter).
You can also check out last week's event at the Gypsy Den in Santa Ana: