The finalists of the Beta Hi-Fi "New Songs for the New Year" singer-songwriter showcase perform at World Cafe Live tonight in front of a panel of judges that include Phil Roy, Lizanne Knott, Tina Shaffer from the New York Songwriter’s Circle and Michael Majoun from WXPN. It's a culmination of a five-week contest that has seen talented songsters picked off by a demanding populous starved for new talent in the current wasteland known as the music industry. Barry Harris, Joel Rakes, Rod Kim, John Reilly, Avi Wisnia and Matthew Green comprise tonight's lineup.
The winner of the final "song-off" goes on to perform as part of the New York Songwriter’s Circle upstairs at World Café Live on January 29. They also receive a spot at the same showcase at the Bitter End in New York, a Shure microphone to whisper all those profound, angst-ridden lyrics into and ten hours of recording time at Morning Star Studios.
The night promises to be full of great music, since those with questionable talent were eliminated weeks ago, and the price (free!) couldn't be better. Reserve a spot to check these talents out tonight before they blow up and demand a hefty cover charge.