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UPDATED: 'SCV Rock Star' final concert tonight

Escape's SCV Rock Star preview

Posted: September 17, 2008 4:49 p.m.
Updated: November 20, 2008 5:00 a.m.

The FBI Band is a finalist in the SCV Rock Star contest's Amateur division and will perform at the concert finale Friday night, Sept. 19 at the Santa Clarita Sports Complex.

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Tonight is the climax of the summer-long "SCV Rock Star" contest, as organizers and Higher Level Productions present "SCV Rock Star Night," a showcase of live performances by the six contest finalists plus three special guests at the Santa Clarita Sports Complex starting at 6 p.m.

"We're going to have two stages, we'll be screening videos artists entered in the contest, and we'll be handling out awards during the evening," said Higher Level's Bret Lieberman, who is producing the show along with partner Kevin Lieberman and this writer,'s online editor and SCV Rock Star contest creator.

"It's going to be a fun, fast-paced, action-packed evening, and we're anticipating a full house," Kevin Lieberman said.

A panel of five expert judges will be on hand to see the show and pick the top winners in the competition's Professional, Amateur and Best Video categories.

The judges are Craig Duswalt, former rock star personal assistant/road manager (Axl Rose, Air Supply); Joe Elliott, guitarist and a vice president at Musicians Institute in Hollywood; Adam Philipson, managing director and talent booker for the Santa Clarita Performing Artist Center at College of the Canyons; Thea Stern, principal of the Stern Talent Agency specializing in young clients; and Brian Vasquez, KROQ-FM/Los Angeles producer/DJ/personality.
Here's more on the judges.

Professional finalists
un:armed, Jessie Seely and Renfue received the highest preliminary scores from the panel, who judged the contest's 13 entries in the Professional division.

un:armed, from Canyon Country, entered a video for their song "This Nightmare," and scored 43.5 of a possible 50 points. Seely, of Santa Clarita, was only one point behind with 42.5 points for "Pretty." Renfue, from Valencia, was close behind with 38 points for "What You Wanted."

Amateur finalists
North of Paradise Leather, Johnny Strat and Aaron Wong were the three finalists who received the most online votes in the contest's Amateur division.

NOPL, from Valencia, entered a video for their song "Wal-Mart." Strat, also from Valencia, submitted one for "Smaller Than My Shadow." Wong, from Valencia as well, entered one for "The Ol' College Try."

After the results were initially announced last week, NOPL's members determined they had a scheduling conflict and would not be able to play the final show.

To replace NOPL as the third Amateur division finalist, contest organizers chose the group with the next-highest number of online votes, The FBI Band. The Canyon Country-based group had submitted a video for "Level Cover."

Special guests
Subsequently, NOPL was able to rearrange their schedule and will be able to play the concert, but as a special guest and won't be included in the judging.

Also on the bill as special guests opening the show are SCV Rock Star entrants Kounterfeit Change, from Newhall, and Undefined Nation, from Canyon Country, who also ranked high on the judges' scoring to determine the three Pro finalists.

Prizes/Prize Sponsors
As top prize sponsor, Command Recording Studios is providing 24 hours of recording studio time, with a staff engineer, at its all-new complex in the Valencia Industrial Center. The time will be distributed proportionately to the first-, second- and third-prize winners in each of the contest's Professional and Amateur categories.

Prize sponsor Hubbadaddy's, the state-of-the-art rehearsal studio in Centre Pointe, will provide 16 hours of practice time in its best-equipped room, also to be apportioned among the winners.

Higher Level is producing Friday's concert as contest coproduce, and is also a prize sponsor, offering to produce and promote separate headlining concerts for both of the first-place winners.

Prize sponsor Paige Photography, headed by noted SCV-based rock photographer Paige Burkhart, will provide professional photo shoots for the two top winners.

The Signal and will also provide feature coverage of the winners with photos in the newspaper and online.

Contest Sponsors
The top contest sponsor for SCV Rock Star is Mission View Public School, the new fully accredited charter high school in Canyon Country. Mission View is a platinum sponsor.

The Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center at College of the Canyons and Robeks Juice of North Park Village are gold contest sponsors, and Lowe's Music of Newhall is a silver contest sponsor.

Many of the prize and contest sponsors and artists will have tables at the event.

SCV Rock doc
Finalists may also be included in "Rockstar Reality," a new documentary about the SCV music scene now being produced by Lisa Lane and Lisa Lujano of La Lu Productions. The "Two Lisas" and Artistry Cinematics' Brandon Blair are teaming up to shoot the SCV Rock Star Night event for their video.

Tickets for the SCV Rock Star Night showcase event are $10 at the door for nine acts.

Yes I Can will benefit
A portion of the proceeds from ticket sales will benefit the Hart district's Yes I Can social-inclusion program for students with and without disabilities. The Yes I Can students will put the funds toward producing their sixth annual Summer Meltdown concert next spring.

The Sports Complex is located at 20880 Centre Pointe Parkway, Santa Clarita 91350, just up the hill from the Santa Clarita Aquatics Center. (See "Related Content" above for a link to a map.)


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