The 2010 OC Music Awards Showcase Series hits the halfway point today with the Vacuum Bell (aka Will Morrison, which we profiled in current Locals Only column) Kurt Hunter, Marc B, Mike Vitale, and I Hate You Just Kidding (featured below) competing in the Best Live Acoustic category at Gypsy Den in downtown Santa Ana.
It will be an early night. The first performance starts right at 7:15 p.m. with everything scheduled to conclude by 11. Last week, the OC Music Awards Showcase had its highest attendance to date, with a reported 682 people coming through the Continental Room in Fullerton, which had to turn people away for a while because the wonderfully bordello-like space couldn't fit anymore bodies.
OC Music Awards Showcase, Gypsy Den, Santa Ana, Today, 7 p.m., Free, All Ages.
The Awards countdown continues with weekly showcases culminating at the Best Live Acoustic Finals Feb. 26 at Yost Theater in Santa Ana and the Best Live Band Finals at Samueli Theater/Orange County Performing Arts Center in Costa Mesa Feb. 27, where the finalists from both categories perform and the winners are announced on stage at the end of each night.
After the jump: Showcase schedule and a pic from last Tuesday.
Tues. 1/05, 7:30 p.m. - Detroit Bar, Costa Mesa (Live Band, FREE, 21+)
Yellow Red Sparks (Tustin)
The Union Line (San Juan Capistrano)
Make Moon (Newport Beach)
Tues. 1/12, 7:30 p.m. - District Tustin Legacy, Tustin (Live Acoustic, FREE, All Ages)
Matt Kollar and the Angry Mob (Huntington Beach)
Barrett Johnson (Santa Ana)
Billy Kernkamp (Costa Mesa)
Stacy Clark (Costa Mesa)
Canvas (Santa Ana)
Tues. 1/19, 7:30 p.m. - Continental Room, Fullerton (Live Band, FREE, 21+)
Handsome G (Costa Mesa)
We Are the Pilots (Anaheim)
Pawn Shop Kings (Santa Ana)
The Steelwells (Fullerton)
Argyle Smile (Anaheim)
Tues. 1/26, 7 p.m. - Gypsy Den, Santa Ana (Live Acoustic, FREE, All Ages)
The Vacuum Bell (Laguna Beach)
Kurt Hunter (Fullerton)
Marc B (Huntington Beach)
Mike Vitale (Fullerton)
I Hate You Just Kidding (Costa Mesa)
Tues. 2/02, 7 p.m. - Chain Reaction, Anaheim (Live Band, FREE, All Ages)
Moostache (Huntington Beach)
The Colourist (Costa Mesa)
The Bolts (Irvine)
Tues. 2/09, 7:30 p.m. - OC Tavern, San Clemente (Live Acoustic, FREE, 21+)
Skee (Sunset Beach)
Carly Layne (Laguna Niguel)
Parker Macy Blues (Orange)
Christina Dietz (San Clemente)
Allensworth (Huntington Beach)
Tues. 2/16, 7:30 p.m. - Gypsy Lounge, Lake Forest (Live Band, FREE, 21+)
Duress (Huntington Beach)
The New Limb (Costa Mesa)
Dusty Rhodes and the River Band (Fullerton)
Stereofix (Costa Mesa)
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The Color Turning (Santa Ana)
Fri. 2/26, 8 p.m. - Yost Theater, Santa Ana - (Live Acoustic Finals, FREE, All Ages)
Sat. 2/27, 8 p.m. - Samueli Theater, OCPAC - (Live Band Finals, FREE, All Ages)
Sat. 3/6, 8 p.m. - Grove of Anaheim - (OC Music Awards, $25, All Ages)