Rising Stars 2016
An annual 12-hour music competition awarded its 8th Annual Rising Stars. In what has become a community music scene mainstay, over 40 local musicians performed on the Alex Thomas Plaza stage Saturday September 17th.
Pairing up with
Ukiah Main Street’s End of Summer Show & Shine Classic Car
Show, Rising Stars Music Competition musicians started performing
at 10am. Ranging from Acoustic solo artists to full bands, musicians
were placed in genre appropriate categories. Acts were judged individually
by local music experts in the areas of talent, musicianship and audience
interaction. After each judge awarded their individual points, scores
were added up and winners were presented with awards in Solo, World
Rock, Hip Hop and Metal categories. 1st, 2nd and 3rd place overall
along with People’s Choice were awarded at the end of the night
after a featured performance by 2013 1st Place Artists, The Whitetrash
A wide range of musical styles were presented at the 8th Annual Rising Stars. Musicians were grouped into similar genres and assigned a scheduled time for performing. The following is a short biographical listing of all of the acts that participated:
Mendo Lake Credit Union Solo Artists
Simantha Karp has been a vocalist for many years, playing with a multitude of musicians and bands such as the Funky Dozen. A few years back decided to try her hand at guitar to truly find her own sound, and have had a sweet relationship with it ever since. She says music is and imbedded passion stemming from her roots, and she is consistently striving and learning to relay her heart with every lyric, melody and note.
Sarah Rose McMahon is a singer-songwriter, ukulele player and cellist from Willits California. In her intimate heartfelt original songs, she draws upon her own life experiences and travels: Sojourns to India and Africa, bluegrass in Asheville, backpacking in the Trinities and Cascades with her ukulele in tow, Scottish Fiddle festivals and camps and a childhood immersed in classical cello and folk music. Her wistful folk influenced songwriting is reminiscent of Joanna Newsom and First Aid Kit. (with backup vocalist Sarah Ryan)
Jacqueline Scoggins has been writing songs since she was 9 and ever since then she has always had a interest in music. When she performs she usually does only original songs. She loves music and one day hopes to share her music with millions
Douglas Johns has been playing and writing songs for 30 years. Played in open mics. At wineries and recently at the Salinas Country Music Revue and Reunion. Douglas also has written Christian songs and performed them at church. He is part of the duo The Madsen/ Johns Project with my nephew Josh Madsen.
Weston Band is a Classic Rock /New Country/Pop Alternative/Original
three piece club dance band. The group prides themselves on their
melodic harmonies and ability to keep a dance crowd on the floor without
ever losing sight that job security is directly based upon audience
participation and rapport.
Vida Is a band of family & friends playing music with our partners
& children. Their mission is to get the party started, & get
people of all ages up & dancing to their special brand of """"salsa
picante."""" Pura Vida's music bridges the Hispanic
and African diasporas, blending rhythm and melody in a spicy mix.
Max 93.5 Hip Hop Division
Young Bengy writes to relate, give advice and try use his power of voice to try to make this world a better place.. He has been writing for 13 years and is confident that if he gets heard by the right people his music would go worldwide..
In The Dro Reyes Cimina and Steven Bauer became friends over myspace. Having already started making their own music separately they noticed eachothers music on their pages, and reached out to one another. Steven met up with reyes and that was that. They have been making music together ever since.
As All Else Fails From Clearlake california, all grew up together playing in bands since they were 14 cause thats all they had, then helped rebuild the muisc scene in the small town and now enjoy giving back to our community through our music and helping friends and fans, Hoping to expand that to the entire world.
Root Rot "The black sheep of lake county are proud to present Root Rot, an experimental rock band with surgeons gloves and a rusty scalpel, grafting together a variety of musical stylings with gleeful haphazardry and sporadic improvisation. Fusing smooth reggae and catchy surf guitar riffs, jazzy piano melodies, bass lines oozing punk devotion, hip-hop inspired drum beats, and a unique assortment of vocals, Root Rot strives to blur genres in a rock setting between every song and every madman, energetic live performance to create something heavily stylistic and all their own We wish to passionately deconstruct and ruthlessly obliterate the human psyche.
Fog Realm Travesty(Guitar) and Taumas(Vocals,Bass) collaborated for the first time creating what would be ""Fog Realms"" first single ""Frozen Plain"". Bringing in unceasing Blast/Double-Bass Executioner ""Frosty""(Drums), more progress was made towards their vision in the name of Black Metal. Fog Realm combines Folky melodies, ambient clean dissonance, and tempo sped aggression, a scarce sound in Mendo and Lake Co region.
Wretched Faith has been together in various forms since 2008. In 2013, they started playing shows regularly, with their first show being Lake County's Black Magick Metal Fest 1, and their most recent show being Black Magick Metal Fest 4 in September 2016. They are a family affair, with Dan, who is the brother-in-law to our twin guitarists, Tanner and Taylor. Taylor and his long-time friend, Rich, started the band, and the bassist, Matt, is his brother-in-law
Dirty Rice started in November 2015. They played their first show in February 2016. They are all from Ukiah. They are all teenagers. Three 16 year olds and a 14 year old. Though they don’t have a specific genre they like to play a lot of metal songs and a few punk songs. They’ve been mainly inspired by bands such as Megadeth, AFI, and Tool. And are just basically trying to find a way to mix it all, but actually make it sound good at the same time.
The winners of this event were:
Choice – Dirty Rice
Prizes for the winning acts included: Recording time at City of Light Recording and Sound, Cash, Gigs at Shanachie Pub, Voice Recording at K-Otic Studio, and dig! Music Gift Certificates.
Sponsors for this event were: Clark Pest Control, Ukiah Speedway, Lakeport Speedway, Advantage Towing and Transportation Services, Inc, dG Creative Branding, Martin Scheel for Lake County District 4 Supervisor, dig! Music, Alliance Auto Service, Mendo Mill & Lumber, Schat's Bakery & Cafes, Ruiz Mobile Detailing, Pardini Appliance & Mattress, Lyly's Radiators & Mufflers, Bayley's Coffee Drive Thru, Shag Salon & Supply, dfm Home Audio Video, Super 8 Ukiah, K-Otic Recording Studio.
vendors provided food service and shared information throughout the
day. Non-Profits represented included: Ukiah Lions Youth Football
& Cheer, Redwood Empire Lions and North Coast Energy Services.
The event also annually donates a guitar to the Guitars for Troops