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Gold Coast Arts Center’s 5th Annual “Your Big Break” Competition Gearing Up For First Two Rounds Saturday, February 11th and Saturday, March 11th

Gold Coast Arts Center’s 5th Annual “Your Big Break” Competition Gearing Up For First Two Rounds Saturday, February 11th and Saturday, March 11th

Long Island’s Own Lennon & Katie and Lem Payne Jr. Set to Headline in the Search For Long Island’s Next Big Musical Act


Great Neck, NY (February, 2017) —  On Saturday, February 11th and Saturday, March 11th, THE SEARCH IS ON for the Gold Coast Arts Center and Love Revolution Org as they once again look for the next musical act to come out of New York for the 5th year in a row right in the heart of Great Neck at 113 Middle Neck Road, Great Neck NY! Doors open at 7:30pm for general seating and the first act will perform starting at 8:00pm each night. Price is $10 for students and $15 for adults by calling 516-829-2570 or at www.goldcoastarts.org . Refreshments will be available for purchase. The finals will be Saturday April 1st


With a little help from some of their friends in the music industry including: ReverbNation.com’s Lou Plaia, All Music Inc.’s Guy Brogna, Songwriter Tara Eberle Drouin and Label Executives Stephen Marcuccio, Jerry Lembo, Linda Ingrisano, Mark Ambrosino and more judging this year’s competition- the Arts Center will round out both nights of the competition with Headlining performances by Lennon & Katie and Lem Payne Jr.!




SATURDAY, February 11th

DOORS AT 7:30pm


8:00pm-8:10pm SABRINA ALI

8:20pm-8:30pm SYDNEY PERRUZZA

8:40pm-8:50pm KAYLA MURRO

9:00pm-9:10pm EJ CAREY


9:10pm-9:20pm   INTERMISSION


9:20pm-9:30pm SAMANTHA DANIELS

9:40pm-9:50pm ALEX MENDES

10:00pm-10:10pm JACLYN MANFREDI

10:20pm-10:30pm NEXUS


10:30pm-10:45pm HEADLINER: LENNON & KATIE




SATURDAY, March 11th

DOORS AT 7:30pm


8:00pm-8:10pm ALEX NORWOOD

8:20pm-8:30pm JULIA HAYDEN

8:40pm-8:50pm MONIQUE THOMPSON

900pm-9:10pm TESSA FIELD


9:10pm-9:20pm   INTERMISSION


9:20pm-9:30pm PARIS RAY

9:40pm-9:50pm TAYLOR HOGAN

10:00pm-10:10pm LYDIA VON HOF

10:20pm-10:30pm POCKETPHUZZ


10:30pm-10:45pm HEADLINER: Lem Payne Jr.

The finals will take place on Saturday April 1st, 2017 with HEADLINER: Matt Grabowski


Two artists will be chosen from each of the two knockout rounds to move on to The Finals on April 1st to compete for prizes and recognition that can help launch their musical careers! There will also be a Wild Card winner from each knockout round, based on audience votes, that will ALSO move on the finals! Mentors assigned to the finalists also work to help them hone their craft before performing at the finals. 2017 mentors are still TBD – while last year’s were singer/songwriter Ryan Star, John Hampson of Nine Days, and songwriter/producer Ido Zmishlany.


Performers will be up for prizes including the chance to open for national acts at major venues like The Paramount, recording time at DCITY Studios and Online TV streaming opportunities, a feature on Reverbnation.com, musical equipment from All Music Inc. and ZOOM North America, a PR and social media campaign including management, booking and label services consultation with Rick Eberle Agency and more to be announced! Last year 19yr old singer-songwriter Matt Grabowski was crowned the winner, along with great performances by semifinals headliners Youth Be Told and Katie Zimmer, round 2 headliner Annika, as well as finalists SEE and Zofolk.


Other past artists who have performed in the headline slots have included: Gnarly Karma, Annika, Iridesense, John Hampson of Nine Days, The Brady Brothers, and Sir Cadian Rhythm – all of whom are local musicians who’ve had major success in the industry, with hopes to further inspire the next generation of New York stars presented each year.


Don’t miss your chance to be a part of the search, as the Gold Coast Arts Center and Love Revolution Org. present the first two nights of the 5th Annual “Your Big Break” competition on Saturday, February 11th and Saturday, March 11th at the Gold Coast Acoustic Cafe, 113 Middle Neck Road, Great Neck, NY 11021!


Doors open 7:30pm; Show starts 8:00pm

TICKETS: $10 students/$15 adults



For Press Inquiries, CONTACT: Rick@Rickeberle.com


About the Gold Coast Arts Center:


The Gold Coast Arts Center is a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to promoting and supporting the arts through education, exhibition, performance and outreach. For over 20 years we have brought the arts and arts in education experiences to tens of thousands of people throughout our region through our 1) School for the Arts, which offers year-round classes in all visual and performing arts to students of all ages and abilities, (2) Free public art gallery, (3) Concert and lecture series, (4) Outreach programs, which each year bring artist residencies, after-school programs, school assemblies, teacher training workshops and parent-child workshops to students, senior citizens, teachers and others in underserved communities throughout our region, (5) Year round film screening and discussion series and (6) Gold Coast International Film Festival, now in its 5th year. The Arts Center is an affiliate of the John F Kennedy Center for the for the Performing Arts: Partners in Education Program and National Gallery of Art, both located in Washington DC.

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