Another Great Showcase of Talented Young Musicians at FutureStars 2015!
Soloist Brittany Tara and the band The Wick sold the most tickets to the event, and won recording sessions at Root Cellar Productions in Westminster. But, every performer was a winner, stepping out to share their music, with both originals and covers.
2014 FutureStars Chad DeLisle (bass) and Warren Potts (guitar) returned to our stage as The Wick, a trio with drummer Cameron Doherty. While they performed in a new configuration, the heart of their original alternative music remained catchy and refreshing. The trio plays small parties and have been seen at Chaibo Café‘s open mic (Fitchburg, MA). The influences of Dave Mathews Band, Hozier, and Dispatch can be heard throughout their ‘indie’ style music. Warren and Cameron attend Wachusett Regional, while Chad attends Oakmont Regional. Click here to listen to their latest music.
Seventeen year old Brittany Tara was new to our stage, but not to musical performance. After winning Wachusett’s Got Talent, she was signed by Eric Baird to Crush Media Studios. She has performed for Community Auditions and Tunes for Tots “Sounds of the Seasons” in Boston. On May 1st, Brittany will joining the line-up with Charlie Farren and Southbound Train for the NASHVILLE NIGHTS’ Winchendon – a country concert to benefit Genevieve Allen. Click here to follow Brittany.
The band Alright rocked last year’s FutureStars with their classic rock covers of Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, and ZZ Top. They won the recording session in 2014, and were invited to open for the UpTown Roots Festival in Gardner last June. They returned to the Showcase this year as strong as ever as a power trio: Jon Schmidt on guitar and vocals, Matt Smalley on bass, and Nick Robinson on drums. They played covers and originals. The band performs regularly at Harvard town events. The group attends the Bromfield School. Click here to follow this band.
We welcomed back veteran FutureStar Bradley Bartlett-Roche. Twelve year old Bradley has busy with his musical pursuits this year: the release of his CD of original jazz piano compositions, touring Bermuda with jazz recording artist Shine Hayward, and winning Best Instrumental Performance of the Young Performer’s Club at the Boston Hard Rock Café. He will be competing in the Hard Rock’s Grand Finals in April. Click here to watch for more of Bradley’s accomplishments.
We were very pleased to feature the Ayer Shirley Regional High School Jazz Ensemble at FutureStars this year. The six piece group has been working together since September 2014 “taking ‘old tunes’ and making them [their] own” with the goal of performing publicly. The band players were Erin Shine (vocals), Brooke Martinez (guitar), Jacob Miska (saxophone), and Ryan Messcher (drums). Savanah Pyatt (flute), and Sierra Pyatt (vocals) were unable to attend today. While the group is very self-driven, they invited their mentor Mr. Jared Block to accompany them on piano, and, in fairness to the other FutureStars performers, they declined to participate in the contest portion of the event. The FutureStars Showcase is among the first of several performances they have planned throughout the spring.
Singer-songwriter Ameriah Schober returns to our FutureStars stage with new original music on piano and guitar. Ameriah has been busy since we saw her in 2014, playing open mics and benefits, performing the music she loves. Sarah Bareilles, Ingrid Michaelson, and Regina Spector have influenced her passion for music. Ameriah attends Arlington H.S. Click here to see more of Ameriah’s performances.