Tonight local performers Eben Bein and Gregory Boyce will sing to win the 7th annual Danvers Family Festival Danvers Idol. The winner receives large cash prizes, professional recording time, and the chance to sing before 25,000 people at the Danvers Family Festival Fireworks on July 3.
28 singers from all over the state performed a capella at the 7th annual DFF Danvers Idol Preliminaries on June 7 and scored in the top 10. You can watch the preliminaries on Demand at www.danverstv.org.
These two finalists have been invited to return on Saturday, June 28, at 7:00 p.m. at the Danvers High School Auditorium to compete in front of four musical icons and you, the audience.
The performers provided the following biography for the Danvers Idol Program:
“Eben Bein’s high school art teacher succinctly described him as a “true renaissance man.” He is a 27-year-old biology teacher at Revere High School with a passion not only for teaching and biology but also for environmentalism, music, dance, art, yoga, cooking and the outdoors. Brought up in Acton, MA, Eben grew up listening to his parent’s cover rock band, The Moodswings, rehearse in his basement. At 18, his mom convinced him to try singing with them and the rest is history. His influences are multifarious: The Beatles, Amy Winehouse, Radiohead, Jimi Hendrix, The Weepies, Marvin Gaye, Smokey Robinson, Joni Mitchell, Ray Charles, and Stevie Wonder are a few of them. He has fronted, sung back up and played keys for several bands, and he is now seeking additional music projects with inspired musicians.”
“Gregory Boyce is an amateur operatic vocalist. Originally from the Worcester area, he sang several seasons with the Worcester chorus and two seasons with the Providence singers. Most recently he sang with the Cambridge Chamber Singers He once had the opportunity to have a voice lesson from Irish Tenor Ronan Tynan and hopes to expand his solo singing resume.“
The 10 finalists square off and face a panel of four esteemed judges, and the audience themselves will act as the fifth judge to whittle the top 10 down to three. Those top three will perform again for the four judges on that evening to be judged and crowned the 2014 Danvers Idol.
The top 10 will perform a song of their choice before Karen Nascembeni, the Director of Corporate and Community Relations North Shore Music Theatre & Theatre by the Sea.
The second judge is Tom Page of Decibel Architects. A musical artist whose studio creates and produces original music and licensed music for anything that appears on-screen or graces a set of a speakers. With an extensive body of work you are sure to have seen a commercial Page has performed or produced.
The third judge will be Jacyn Tremblay of Jada, the popular pop and R&B female vocal group from Boston and Winner of the “Outstanding Pop/R&B Music Act of the Year” at the 2008 Boston Music Awards. She is a former Universal Motown recording artist and currently half of the Venus Mars Project.
Rounding out the panel will be musical artist Marty Walsh, an assistant professor in the Ensemble and Music Production departments at Berklee College of Music. A veteran of the LA studio music scene, he has worked as a guitarist with some of the biggest names in the business including Dolly Parton, Donna Summer, John Denver, Eddie Money, Kenny Rogers, Sheena Easton, Julio Iglesias and Supertramp.
The four judges and the majority vote of the audience will determine the top three contestants who will perform two songs before the judges to the final decision of the four judges in determining the 2013 Danvers Family Festival Danvers Idol.
Prizes will be awarded to the top three finalists including recording studio time, $100 for third, $150 for second, and $500 and the opportunity to perform before the crowd at the July 3 fireworks for first place winner.
The public is invited to the Danvers High School Auditorium at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 28 for an incredible night of music. Admission is free. The event is hosted by Danvers Family Festival, a group of volunteer citizens who promote family-friendly events. For details visit www.DanversFamilyFestival.com.