A Showcase & Competition between some of the Best Up & Coming Original Bands in Western New England
TWO PART EVENT! 5 Excellent Bands
A NEW MUSIC ALLIANCE Sponsored Event
*Donations are kindly requested- Suggested Donation $10-$12
(Donations will support The New Music Alliance’s efforts to assist the careers of local musicians who write original music & promote W. New England nationally as a destination for original music writing, production & performances.)
Event will also be filmed by Holyoke Media
A juried competition where PRIZES worth over $12,000 will be awarded! Designed to show off the best exciting new talent in the Western/Central Mass, Central CT, & Southern. VT area.
Opening Event: A Classic Valley Music Showcase
1) Laini and the Wildfire, New Haven CT
2) The Penniless Wild, Hartford, CT
3) The 413s, Huntington, MA
THEN- Immediately Following will be the
The 2022-23 FINALS!
1) STONER WILL & THE NARKS, 2) SHAGOHOD, + 3) The Winner of the Preliminary Event will be Entered in the Finals
GUEST JUDGES: Connor Rowen, Telefunken Elektroakustic; Mark Ramone, Assistant Director New Music Alliance/DJ, Leah Rantz DJ Lazer 99.3 FM, and more
OPENING EVENT BANDS
Laini and the Wildfire is a piano-fronted pop rock band with lots of sass and a little soul. Since 2016, the band has been actively releasing music and performing at venues and festivals throughout the east coast. In November 2017, the band released their first album, Wandering, which earned them the title of “Best Pop Band 2017” by Indie Voice Blog. Their recent single “Hold On To Your Soul” is a feel-good soulful jam that channels the eclectic musical blend of artists like Lake Street Dive and Grace Potter.
Band Members: Laini Marenick (vocals and keys), Mark Marenick (guitar/back up vocals), Rob Siraco (drums/back up vocals), Will Talamelli (bass)
The Penniless Wild is an Indie Rock band that was originally composed as a folk duo. They have since transformed into a five-piece electric unit, while holding true to their folk style of writing. The band released their first studio project in late 2017 and have since released a string of dynamic singles. They’re currently finishing up their first full length album that is due to release in late 2023.
The band brings an intense, heartfelt rock and roll aspect to their music whilst creating a sound that is completely original to them. As of 2021 the band has been represented by Anara Publishing, a music publishing company based in the U.K
The 413s are a young Rock n Roll band founded in 2022. They begin with the basic rock formula set up by legendary bands like The Rolling Stones or The Doors, and push it forward into the 21st century and beyond. On vocals, Julian Greve pulls from classic rock and modern alternative influences for a riveting and grounded sound. On guitar, Dylan Nicolle just woke up and thinks it’s 1969. The explosive rhythm section of Daniel and Liam Mckellick keeps the groove going, and they’re synced up in a way that only brothers could be.
1) STONER WILL AND THE NARKS
Genre(s): Rock n Roll
Hometown: Hadley, MA
Description: Stoner Will & the Narks is perhaps the last word on purist old school indie rock. The songs are deep, intellectual in a way that is half Chomsky, half Malkmus, and funny as hell! “For all their indie slack stylings, these songs are “Hook Addled” and express a very genuine generational angst”- John Burdick
Style/Genre: Heavy prog rock
Hometown: Hartford, CT/W. Springfield, MA
Song Link: https://shagohodofficial.bandcamp.com/
We’re just some average dudes making the kind of music that comes naturally to us: overwrought, melodramatic rock operas about videogames. Drew Bligh on guitar and vocals, Ben Lane on guitar, Ryan Wantroba on drums, Dave Coffey on bass.
3) CONTESTANT 3- WILL BE THE WINNER OF THE OPENING EVENT!
Hosted by The Marigold Theater, Easthampton, MA
Contact Info: Mark Sherry’s Valley Music Showcase (413) 203-9764
Produced by Mark Sherry & Sponsored by
New Music Alliance, Cider House Media, Holyoke Media, Northampton Open Media, LAZER 99.3FM, Valley Advocate, Telefunken Elektroakustik, Deans Beans, Focus Springfield TV, Easthampton Savings Bank, Dirt Floor Recording,Ghost Hit Recording, SoneLab Recording, , Pharaoh Recording Studio,
Horizon Studios, Dam Cafe, Turn it Up, Galaxy Restaurant, Falcetti Music, Antonios Pizza, Healy Guitars, Mantis Graphics, Valley Free Radio 103.3, Whip City Music, Pioneer Valley Indoor Karting,