San Diego, CA, September 29, 2011 --(PR.com
)-- American Festival Announces the Water for Children Music Fest Finalists
On Saturday, September 24, 2011, American Festival featured Water for Children Music Fest where 21 bands, ICO Zulayka - 321 Stereo - Spirit Soul And Friends - Gas Mask Theory - For Love of Ivy – Canobliss - Suzy Skarulis - The Host Club – Syren - Calibrate Me - Pretty to Bad – Bard - 3 Degrees Off Center - ODD Couple - Dirty Dishes – XDao - Reggae Motion - Xpensive Taste Benny Frank & The President - Far From You; selected out of 154 submissions, performed on three different stages. The event was to raise awareness for “Water Concerns in California” and took place at the beautiful San Diego City College. Three judges and two independent panelists reviewed the live performances and the videos and after careful consideration elected the top five finalists. This was a difficult task since the top 10 finalists were all great performers. The winner of the contest is: 3 Degree Off Center. The five finalists including the winner will move forward to “The American Show” to be held in Downtown Los Angeles in January, 2012. The first prize was an Atmospheric Water Unit by Planets Purest Water. The second prize was a handmade glass vase presented by LK Consulting Inc.
And the finalists are:
3 Degrees Off Center: These musicians play a variety of instruments from around the world. Jackie Austin-Singer - Lead Vocalist; Rick Leighton - guitar and vocals; Ray Conseur - World Percussion, Drums, Cajon; Floyd Fronius – Violin; Dan Coulson – Bass
Bard: is a Hollywood band, but its roots reach back to northern Michigan, Spokane, Washington - and a highway in rural Nebraska. The alternative acoustic pop rock has been featured on ABC’s “No Ordinary Family” (2011). The band has headlined at the Whiskey A Go-Go and frequently performs at other
venues in Los Angeles. Lucas Christenson (Vocals), Steven Crandall (Guitar) Jacob Craner (Piano /Backup Vocals) Alfred Jasso (Drums) Grady Hutt (Bass) Kaitlin, Wolfberg (Violin)
Raggae Motion: Fabio Assis was born in beautiful Salvador, Bahia, Brazil. He developed his music career with the Olodum Creative School, creator of the new fusion sound of samba reggae. Fabio has dedicated himself to cultural activism in the struggle against racial discrimination and socioeconomic inequality. He believes that music heals and has the power to bring people together. The message in his lyrics is one of Love, Peace, Freedom and Unity.
Zulayka: This Brooklyn raised Puerto Rican vocalist has a diverse musical background. In addition to performing R&B and dance-pop, Zulayka has performed straight-ahead Latin music. A former member of the group “Conjuntocalle 4 banda”, which performed traditional Puerto Rican music such as Merengue, Salsa, and Bachata. The band released its first album in 2000 titled “estudiandollegaremos” which means "Studying we will arrive."
Gas Mask Theory: Pop/punk is not dead, not while they’re around.
Syren: From the streets of Southern California, Jahzmne, Brittany & Ashley are the three young women that make up the new urban, R&B group - Syren. Their amazing harmonies and lyrical talent is sure to make them a solid force in music. These ladies have demonstrated their talents and love for music at a very early age by participating in show choirs, cheerleading, talent shows, and much more.
The Water for Children Music Fest benefited the San Diego Children Coalition, a resource center providing counseling and support to children and family charities and organizations at no cost in the County of San Diego. Their vision is to inspire a new generation of leaders and ignite the passion for the arts in our youth today and keep it alive for tomorrow.
Sponsors: SONICBIDS, McDonalds, San Diego Children Coalition, Moss Grills, The Dog Shack, Life Deck, BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse, Viejas Band of Kumeyaay Indians, Big Mama Earth, Culligan, US Bank, Audio Design, FHTM Independent Representative ~ Stacy Nash Bruton
For additional information, please visit the American Festival website.