Each year, On the Waterfront, presented by Associated Bank, showcases local musicians through the Best of Rockford competition. Performers living within a 45-mile radius of Rockford are invited to submit a press kit and CD or tape to the Best of Rockford Selection Committee for a chance to win a time slot at the On the Waterfront Festival.
This year, the Selection Committee received more than 80 entries from a variety of music genres including rock, jazz, blues, country, oldies, folk, ethnic and gospel, and those winners will be featured on various stages throughout the 2005 Festival. This year, three of the Best of Rockford winners were selected as Platinum Award winners and will receive a preferred time slot at the 2005 Festival.
Platinum Best of Rockford winners: Dean Moriarty Jazz Band (jazz); Harlan Jefferson Jazz Quartet (jazz); The Snaggs (rock).
Best of Rockford winners: Juelane & Gid-E-Yup (country); The Jodi Beach Trio (jazz); Frank Calvagna & Open Jii (jazz); Steve Stapler (country); Dan Voll and Combo Loco (ethnic); Band of the Lost (rock); The Jazz Express Show band (jazz); Brianna Sky (country); APO (hip-hop/R&B); Missing Links (classic/oldies).
From the Aug. 24-30, 2005, issue