Call goes out to teen bands for FutureStars ’19

SHIRLEY — City Music is looking for local teen bands and musicians who love to perform for the FutureStars Showcase on Sunday, March 31, from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. at the Bull Run Restaurant.

FutureStars gives teen bands (ages 18 and under) an opportunity to perform on stage, with professional sound system support, for family and friends. It is an amazing experience for young musicians.

FutureStars is not a battle of the bands. It is truly a showcase that welcomes all genres of music. Bands receive cash, prizes and prestige for participating. The band that sells the most tickets earns the coveted “headliner” spot to close the concert, and future opportunities to perform at other public venues.

Since 2004, City Music has been hosting FutureStars Showcases and raising more than $23,000 for music programs at local public schools.

The FutureStars Showcase has seen the start of many musicians, including:

* Jack Babineau was a FutureStar soloist in 2008 that has developed a robust performance career, opening for great acts like Blues Traveler, Clint Black, Devon Allman’s Honeytribe, Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes and John Cafferty.

* In 2013, The Cranks — then a trio (twins Connor and Haley Gowland, plus Alex Markoski) that had already recorded three CDs of their original music — performed at FutureStars. They went on to win the RADAR award from New England Music Awards and for rising artists in New England. In 2015, The Cranks released a fourth CD called “Cute Hat”

* Bradley James also played at the 2013 Showcase at age 10. This young jazz pianist wowed the audience with his jazz originals and stage presence. Bradley went on to become the youngest musician to perform at Faneuil Hall Marketplace, where he is now known as the “Boston Piano Kid.” In 2016, he played at Fenway onstage with Billy Joel, performing “Root Beer Rag.”

Who knows what young musicians will step on our stage, but FutureStars looks forward to hearing their efforts.

If you know a young musician or band 18 years or younger that would like this opportunity, encourage them apply for FutureStars Showcase 2019 at Application deadline is Feb. 23.

City Music is a music store located in Leominster and Gardner.