Arts Foundation of Cape Cod Announces Winner of Spring Talent Search

Arts and Entertainment

April 20, 2015

From: Arts Foundation Of Cape Cod

Centerville, MA - The Arts Foundation of Cape Cod presented a Spring Talent Search seeking new Cape bands to add to the lineup of the 2015 TD Bank Summer Concert Series on Wednesday night, April 15 at The Lanes Bowl & Bistro in Mashpee and showcased eleven Cape based musical acts in a wide variety of genres. The modern Rhythm and Blues band Steve Morgan and the Kingfish, took the evening's top honors and will appear in the summer music series this July.

The Kingfish were born in 1992 after a chance booking gave the group's leader and slide guitar player Steve Morgan a reason to form the band. Playing a selection of original modern blues and R&B this group of musical veterans also includes drummer Ed Wanamaker, percussionist and vocalist Bryant Edwards, Roe Osborn on bass and keyboard player Pete Mann. The group also often includes Paul Lesniak on saxophone, John Wolf on trombone, saxophonist Berke McKelvy as well as some other familiar Cape faces. More information on the band can be found at: www.stevemorganmusic.com

The Talent Search provides an opportunity for established and emerging bands who have never played the TD Bank Summer Concert Series to showcase for a live audience and a panel of judges to compete for open slots in the lineup.
 
David Kaplan, Executive Director of the Arts Foundation, expressed his excitement about the event saying "What a night! We had 11 great bands perform before an appreciative audience; yet another reminder of the tremendous artistic talent we have on Cape Cod and the work the Arts Foundation does to showcase that talent and help it flourish. We're grateful to TD Bank and its local employees for all of their help and support in making the Summer Concert Series possible."

The competing bands were scored on musicianship, audience appeal and on how well the judges thought the group would fit into the outdoor summer family friendly concert series. The panel of judges for the event included Cape Cod Broadcasting's Program Manager Cat Wilson, who is also the Executive Producer of The Cheap Seats, a radio show featuring original local music. Rounding out the panel were musician Dan Lyons from the iconic Cape band 57 Heavy, Melissa Hersh from the Town of Barnstable who books entertainment for many of the town's events and two representatives from TD Bank, Camenga and Ellen Powell.

The Arts Foundation of Cape Cod, the region's designated arts agency, ensures the vibrancy of our cultural community by supporting, promoting, celebrating and strengthening the arts throughout the year. For more information about the TD Bank Summer Concert Series, visit www.artsfoundation.org or call 508-362-0066.