A nearly even mix of soloists and bands will vie to win Your Big Break on Saturday night, having been narrowed down from hundreds of entries and two knockout rounds.
Hosted by the Gold Coast Arts Center, Love Revolution Org and Rick Eberle public relations, the annual contest seeks to find – and elevate – young, but untapped local musical talent from Long Island and the five boroughs.
Represented among the five are Lydia von Hof, 16, who was a finalist in last year’s competition, Great Neck-based musical project Psychopompous, 37 Stripes, whose origins can be traced to the iSchool of Music and Art, alternative rock band All Types of Kinds and soloist Kaylee Shahira.
This year’s prizes include a chance to open for a national act at the Emporium, time to record in IndiMusic Studios, be featured on reverbnation.com, a full public relations and social media campaign with the Rick Eberle Agency and free musical equipment.
In addition to the nine judges, who include record label executives, songwriters and others in the music industry, audience members will judge the contestants and play a role in determining the winner.
While largely a singing competition, artists will also be judged in areas like stage presence and overall musical talent.
The event will take place at the Gold Coast Arts Center, 113 Middle Neck Road, Great Neck on Saturday at 8 p.m., with doors opening at 7:30 p.m. Tickets cost $10 for students and $15 for adults if ordered in advance. All tickets cost $20 at the door.