GCAC’s Your Big Break Final Round

From left: the Frankel Sisters, Matt Grabowski and Jaclyn Manfredi
From left: the Frankel Sisters, Matt Grabowski and Jaclyn Manfredi

With the semifinals out of the way, the Gold Coast Arts Center (GCAC) and Love Revolution Org’s search for the next big music star is getting closer to its culmination as the fourth annual Your Big Break contest heads into its final round. Bringing some of the best New York talent to the forefront, the rousing performances on March 12 narrowed the contestants to three remaining performers: Matt Grabowski, Jaclyn Manfredi and the Frankel Sisters. Now, as they get ready to bring all their hard work to fruition for the conclusion of this year’s competition, they’ll be joined by returning mentors singer/songwriter Ryan Star and John Hampson of Nine Days, along with songwriter/producer Ido Zmishlany and a headlining performance by past finalists Zofolk on Saturday, April 2.

GCACBigBreak_033016.FWhile all of the semifinalists brought their extraordinary talents to the stage earlier this month, the judges ultimately made their final eliminations and now, with three artists remaining, mentors Star (paired with Manfredi), Hampson (paired with the Frankel Sisters) and Zmishlany (paired with Grabowski) will use their experience as chart-
topping singer/songwriters and producers to help their mentees use all the tools necessary to craft a well-rounded, quality final performance. Only the winner will receive the ultimate privilege of being crowned the “next big thing” to come out of New York, along with a ton of great prizes.

GCACBigBreak_033016.EThis year’s prizes include the chance to open for a national act at The Emporium, recording time at IndiMusic Studios, a feature on Reverbnation.com, musical equipment from All Music Inc. and ZOOM North America, PR and social media campaigns from Rick Eberle Agency and more.

GCACBigBreak_033016.BAspiring musicians are encouraged to attend the show so they can network with some of the best and brightest people in the music business, because—along with the judges—the audience has a vote in determining this year’s winner.

GCACBigBreak_033016.CThere’s another new twist this year, too. Each artist will perform one song written by Glenn Frey of The Eagles and one song by David Bowie in honor of the two Rock and Roll Hall of Famers who recently passed.

GCACBigBreak_033016.DThe Gold Coast Acoustic Café will be held at 113 Middle Neck Rd. in Great Neck. Tickets are $10 for students and $15 for adults. Doors will open at 7:30 p.m. and the show will start at 8 p.m. on Saturday, April 2. For more information, visit www.greatneck arts.org/wordpress/ybb-finals-2016.

To read about the earlier rounds, click here.

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