FutureStars Showcase 2019 Highlights

An amazing Showcase this year, with lots of talented, dedicated young musicians.  The Midnight Riders sold the most tickets and received the headliner spot to end the show.  Check out these clips:

Proceeds from this year’s FutureStars event will be donated to the Leominster Public Schools music programs during the Leominster Starburst concert in June.  Stay tuned!

Many Thanks to our sponsors: The Bull Run Restaurant, Bedlam Productions, MoeJoeVision, Custom Sporteez Ink, Washburn Guitar and Shure Microphones.

FutureStars Showcase Bands for 2019

We’ve got a great bunch of performers for our Showcase this year, with new and returning musicians.  Please support these up-and-coming young players by buying your tickets from your favorite band. Tickets are $15 in advance – $20, day of the show.  Proceeds will benefit the Leominster Public School music programs.

From Leominster, after a big year of performing at open mics and opening acts, Zabelle, returns to our stage with new original songs. Follow her on YouTube
Veteran FutureStars from Sterling, The Crushers have become seasoned performers playing locally with an expanded playlist and new originals. Follow them on Instagram
Stones n’ Rotation are back after a busy year as a working band, highlighted by their LTV Music Special in October. Check it out on YouTube
From Rutland, MA, rock n roll band The Midnight Riders play favorites from the 60’s and 70’s, as well as original songs. Follow them on Instagram
These seven musicians from Fitchburg, Leominster and Lunenburg, have joined forces to play at FutureStars as The Longhorn Stompers. The group is planning a dynamic set of covers from Traffic, Pink Floyd & the Grateful Dead for the Showcase.
Corner Booth comes to us from Groton where they regulars at the GDHS and Grange open mics. They play mostly original music, with influences by the Beatles, Steve Miller and Green Day. They are working on their first EP. Follow them on Instagram
City Rockers band The Aquatic Alpacas will make their debut performance at FutureStars with covers of the White Stripes, Twenty One Pilots and more.
Read more about City Rockers.









Our FutureStars Showcase event has raised more the $23000 for the Gardner and Leominster public school music programs since 2004.  Read more…

FutureStars Showcase 2019- Local Teen Bands Wanted!


– Call for Bands

City Music hosts a FutureStars Showcase every year. FutureStars gives teen bands an opportunity to perform on stage, with professional sound system support for family and friends. It is an amazing experience for young musicians and impressive to all that attend!

FutureStars is NOT a battle of the bands. It is truly a showcase that welcomes all genres of music. Bands receive cash, prizes and prestige for participating. The band that sells the most tickets earns the coveted ‘headliner’ spot to close the concert, and future opportunities to perform at other public venues.

This years FutureStars Showcase will be held Sunday March 31, 2019 from 4-8pm at the Bull Run Restaurant in Shirley, MA.

Do you have a band that would like to perform at the next FutureStars Showcase? We are NOW looking for bands and musicians 18 years and under.  Click here to apply.  Hurry, applications are due by February 23, 2019.


Click to Read More about our FutureStars Showcase 2018.

Since 2004 City Music has been hosting FutureStars Showcases for teen musicians, raising more than $23000 for our local public schools’ music programs. Stay tuned for the 2019 donation reveal to the Leominster Schools Music Department. Click to read about the 2018 gift to Gardner Public Schools.

10 Reasons Why Recitals Are an Important Part of Music Education


Music is a FUN social activity that keeps minds of all ages active. The time before a performance is filled with picking a song, practicing over and over, anticipation, nerves and more practicing.  Some students really look forward to recitals and others dread it, but MUSIC is meant to be heard! and learning to make music is more rewarding when shared.

Here are ten reasons why students benefit by participating in a recital: Continue reading “10 Reasons Why Recitals Are an Important Part of Music Education”

Gardner Music Boosters Receive Donation

Nancy Karuzis with Gardner Music Booster President, Penny Hebert, GHS band director, Doug Lepisto and GHS music teacher, Joanne Landry at the 2018 Spring Concert.

May 15, 2018: City Music presented a check for $1550 to the Gardner Music Boosters, for the benefit of the Gardner Public School music programs, at the GHS 8th Grade & High School Spring Concert.  The donation represented proceeds from City Music’s FutureStars Showcase 2018, held on April 3rd at the Bull Run Restaurant.  Continue reading “Gardner Music Boosters Receive Donation”

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.  Continue reading “FutureStars Showcase 2018 Performers”

2017 FutureStars Band, The Crushers, Play On!

When they applied to perform at FutureStars Showcase 2017, The Crushers band members knew that the event was a fun chance to play their music for family and friends, because they had performed at the concert the year before.  In 2016, they were a foursome; brothers Ben and Jonathan Godbout (drums and guitar/vocals) and brothers Jake and Zac Brennan (guitar and bass) all between 11 and 13 years old.  In 2017, after a year of working on their music and adding lead vocalist James Barone they knew they could out-do their previous concert performance.  Continue reading “2017 FutureStars Band, The Crushers, Play On!”