FutureStars Showcase 2018 Performers

We’re excited about this year’s Showcase bands featuring new groups and returning players, all passionate about music.  Mark your calendar! Sunday, March 25th at 4pm at the Bull Run, in Shirley, MA.

Be sure to buy your tickets from your favorite musician.  Not only will you support these aspiring musicians, you will support music in our public schools.  Proceeds from the 2018 Showcase will be donated to the Gardner public school music programs.  Since 2005, FutureStars has generated more than $20000 for public school music. 

Liam Asselin, Brendan Daly, Ethan Whipple

The “Isle” trio has been playing together for two years, working on contemporary blues music.  They have played several open mics at the Dragon Fly Cafe in Lunenburg, as well as school events.  They have robust collection of blues/rock songs that you are going to love. Check out their version of Blind Willie McTell’s “Born to Die”, and subscribe to their channel on YouTube.

The band "Point.Blank.Period"
“Point.Blank.Period” John DeWitt, Alex Gurganus, Tyreece Younger, Jamie Teele, Ethen Willard, Tyler Stevens

Pop/rock instrumental group “Point.Blank.Period” have played at several school and local events in Royalston and Orange, MA.  Their musical influences are Fall Out Boy and One Republic, but their presentation will be entirely unique as they incorporate saxophone and trumpet in lieu of vocals. We can’t wait to hear their set.  For a peek at what you can expect, check out Tyreece or Jamie on Instagram.

“Stones n’ Rotation” Eric Moreira, Ryan Costa, Sage Leger, Dominic Pistone

From their first introductions some seven months ago, “Stones n’ Rotation” clicked as a band.  Soon after their formation, they were playing at locally at Black Sheep Tavern, Legends Bar & Grill, Fitchburg’s Main Street Live and Stillman’s Dairy Country Fair.  The camaraderie is evident with this group and is unmistakable in their performance.  Their music ranges from Paramore, Weezer to classic Led Zeppelin and ACDC. They are sure to give us a rockin’ show.  Follow them on Facebook  @stonesnrotation.

“Zabelle” Isabell Lassell

“Zabelle” returns to our FutureStars Showcase with new folk rock/indie pop covers by Frank Turner, 21 Pilots, Imagine Dragons and Jake Bugg.  Since FutureStars 2017, she has been performing open mics at Legends Bar & Grill and the Gardner Ale House.  Like the music she plays, “Zabelle” is bold and fearless. We’re glad to have her back on our stage.  Click to listen to “Zabelle” on YouTube.

“Critical Thinking” Drew Femino, Will Thompson, Charlie Bardenheuer, Ben Lichtman, Max Vanderwerf

When their older members retired, these FutureStars veterans re-united under the new name “Critical Thinking” and added a keyboard/saxophone player. The group has diverse musical influences, but they blend their interests to play folk, funk, classic rock, and blues, performing at the Harvard 4th of July celebration, open mics, and school events. We are sure to enjoy their set. You can follow them on Instagram @criticalthinkingband

The band "The Crushers"
“The Crushers” Zac Brennan, Jake Brennan, James Barone, Jonathan Godbout and Ben Godbout.

“The Crushers” are back for their third year on the FutureStars stage.  As the reigning ticket-sales champs, they have made the most of their Showcase performance experience.  Since April last year, they have performed regularly at local music venues like The Gardner Ale House, South Side Grille, the Paxton Summer Jam, the Sterling Summer Concert Series, the Chocksett Food Truck Festival, and they have been featured on FATV’s Barbara & You.  They are in their element when they are playing for an audience. The group plans to perform originals in addition to classic rock covers at the Showcase – they’re sure to rock the house. Visit Crushers.rocks to find out where they’ll be next.

It’s going to be a great show!  Thank you for your support.