Those of you who like Christmas music are in luck tonight. Fly Amero is signing Christmas songs with his brother J.B. and Allen Estes at the Rhumbline tonight starting at 8pm.
Then catch the Local Music Seen with Allen Estes 2011 Christmas Special at 11pm on Cape Ann TV Channel 12 (originally aired last year) featuring Dan King, Daisy Nell & Capt. Stan, Ann Marie, Bradley Royds, Inge Berge, Chelsea Berry, Dave Sag, Courtney Reid and Allen’s son Dylan Estes. Here’s a video of many of the performers singing Santa Claus is Coming to Town. (see more air times here)
Of course, there’s lots of other excellent music in town (not necessarily Christmas — see full schedule here), including Dennis Monagle with Marina Evans, Joe Cardoza and Dave Brown at Minglewood Tavern starting at 9pm.
THIS JUST IN: Courtney Reid of Gloucester won the Grand Prize in the Folger’s Jingle Contest in NYC this week! Click here for the scoop! A big thank you if you voted for Courtney in the preliminary rounds — and congratulations to Courtney, as this high-pressure final round was all on her. The winner was chosen by music industry insider and well-known personality Kara DioGuardi, who clearly knows her stuff, as she judged Courtney to be the winner (from over 3,000 entries).
For the story of Courtney’s journey to the Grand Prize Audition in Times Square, check out these previous Good Morning Gloucester posts on what it took for her to accomplish this!
Five Finalists announced in Folgers® Jingle Contest
click the arrow to hear her jingle
ORRVILLE, OH, May 11, 2011 — Five musical acts are heading to New York City as finalists in the Folgers® Jingle Contest. The talented top five will compete in a live audition in front of award-winning songwriter and former American Idol® judge, Kara DioGuardi for a chance to win the grand prize of $25,000, a mentoring session with Kara and a chance to appear in a Folgers Coffee commercial.
The top five finalists:
Charles M. from Springfield, MO
Courtney Reid. from Gloucester, MA
Dorrell E. from Mesa, AZ
Jered L. from Fort Collins, CO
John P. from North Port, FL
“I’m all about taking a song and making it your own. It’s been great to hear the diversity of The Best Part of Wakin’ Up™ jingle submissions—from R&B to Country—musical genres of all types have been represented,” said DioGuardi. “I’m excited to witness the creativity and musical talent first-hand at the judging event in New York City.”
Visit www.bestpartofwakinup.com to view the finalists’ video entries and complete Official Rules.
About the Contest
Thousands of creative musicians submitted video entries on www.bestpartofwakinup.com from January 19 through March 1, 2011. Qualified entries underwent an initial round of judging based on creativity/originality, musical performance, and adherence to creative assignment and were then narrowed down to a group of ten semi-finalists.
From March 31 through April 25, 2011, the top ten semi-finalist entries were posted to www.bestpartofwakinup.com for a public vote. The top five finalists were determined based on points awarded from both the initial judging round and online vote totals.
Finalists will travel to New York City in June 2011 to compete in the live grand prize audition and perform their version of The Best Part of Wakin’ Up jingle in front of Kara DioGuardi and a panel of judges. One finalist will be named the Grand Prize Winner and receive $25,000, the chance to appear in a future Folgers commercial and chance to receive a music mentoring session from Kara DioGuardi.
GLOUCESTER’S GOT TALENT BABY!!!!
Remember Gloucester singer-songwriter Courtney Reid’s bid to win the Folgers Jingle contest with her original song? Thanks no doubt in part to GMG voters (who could, in good conscience, vote for her great entry), Courtney is in the top five of the contest out of thousands of entries – now it’s down to a live Grand Audition competition in NYC on June 16th. Keep pulling for Courtney — you can follow along and see her video submission if you haven’t already by checking out this link. But fair warning: you’re gonna want a cup of coffee after you see it. Yes, her jingle is just that good.
Gloucester's own Courtney Reid
I wanted to let GMG readers know that one of our own, the extremely talented singer-songwriter, band member, recording artist, etc. etc. Courtney Reid of Gloucester is among the top 10 finalists in the Folger’s Coffee Jingle Contest. Check out her entry through the link below, and, since it is the best of the 10 finalists (no, I’m not biased, I promise), you can vote for it in good conscience. And even if you’re not crazy about Folgers coffee, her jingle just might make you rethink your position. Which is the whole point of a jingle. Just so you know, in order to vote the Folgers website requires you to fill out your name, etc. to make sure you’re a real person casting an actual vote as opposed to a virtual person who is part of a conspiracy to stuff the ballot box, but it will be worth the effort to have Courtney representing!