Gold Coast Arts Center’s 5th Annual “Your Big Break” Competition First Round Contestants Advance to Finals, Second Round Set for Saturday, March 11th

First Knockout Round Sees Three Artists/Bands Press Forward in the Search For Long Island’s Next Big Musical Act with Three More to Be Chosen

Judges and performers at Round 1 of the 5th Annual Gold Coast Arts Center Your Big Break Talent Competition! Photo © 2017 Karen Rubin/

On Saturday, February 11th, the Gold Coast Arts Center and Love Revolution Org kicked off the first round of the 5th Annual “Your Big Break” competition to a SOLD OUT house of enthusiastic attendees cheering their favorites on! Singer-songwriters Julia Lambert, Jaclyn Manfredi, and Sydney Perruzza were winners of the Knockout Round along with a Headlining Performance by Lennon & Katie. The next round will take place on Saturday, March 11 at 113 Middle Neck Road, Great Neck NY with a headline performance by last year’s winner Matt Grabowski!

From Top Left: Performers Julia Lambert, Jaclyn Manfredi, and Sydney Perruzza Advance to the Finals Saturday, April 1st.

Photos © 2017 Karen Rubin/

Judges for this year’s competition include’s Lou Plaia, All Music Inc.’s Guy Brogna, Songwriter Tara Eberle Druin, and Label Executives Stephen Marcuccio, Jerry Lembo, Linda Ingrisano, and Mark Ambrosino. Performers will be up for prizes including the chance to open for national acts at major venues like The Paramount, recording time at DCITY Studios and Online TV streaming opportunities, a feature on, musical equipment from All Music Inc. and ZOOM North America, a PR and social media campaign including management, booking and label services consultation with Rick Eberle Agency!

The evening was capped with a headlining performance by Lennon & Katie, a duo formed from past finalists, Lennon from the band Youth Be Told and Katie Zimmer


SATURDAY, March 11th

DOORS AT 7:30pm

8:00pm-8:10pm ALEX NORWOOD

8:20pm-8:30pm JULIA HAYDEN

8:40pm-8:50pm CITY ALLEY

900pm-9:10pm TESSA FIELD

9:10pm-9:20pm   INTERMISSION

9:20pm-9:30pm PARIS RAY

9:40pm-9:50pm TAYLOR HOGAN

10:00pm-10:10pm LYDIA VON HOF

10:20pm-10:30pm TIMES LIKE THESE

10:30pm-10:45pm HEADLINER: Matt Grabowski

Mentors assigned to the finalists also work to help them hone their craft before performing at the finals on April 1st. 2017’s mentors include American Idol’s Robbie Rosen, with more still TBD – while last year’s were singer/songwriter Ryan Star, John Hampson of Nine Days, and songwriter/producer Ido Zmishlany.

During very special occasions, the Arts Center is transformed into the GOLD COAST ACOUSTIC CAFÉ, a music venue that showcases local up-and-coming talent as well as established music acts. With its black box theater performance space and a lounge in the art gallery, the GOLD COAST ACOUSTIC CAFÉ is one of the few small music venues around which makes for a special and intimate atmosphere for artists and audience alike, especially during YOUR BIG BREAK! Other past artists who have performed in the headline slots have included: Gnarly Karma, Annika, Iridesense, John Hampson of Nine Days, The Brady Brothers, and Sir Cadian Rhythm – all of whom are local musicians who’ve had major success in the industry, with hopes to further inspire the next generation of New York stars presented each year.

So join the Gold Coast Arts Center and Love Revolution Org as they get ready to present ROUND 2 of the 5th Annual “Your Big Break” competition on Saturday, March 11th!

Doors open 7:30pm; Show starts 8:00pm

TICKETS: $10 students/$15 adults. Refreshments Will Be Available For Purchase As Well

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About the Gold Coast Arts Center:

The Gold Coast Arts Center is a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to promoting and supporting the arts through education, exhibition, performance and outreach. For over 20 years we have brought the arts and arts in education experiences to tens of thousands of people throughout our region through our 1) School for the Arts, which offers year-round classes in all visual and performing arts to students of all ages and abilities, (2) Free public art gallery, (3) Concert and lecture series, (4) Outreach programs, which each year bring artist residencies, after-school programs, school assemblies, teacher training workshops and parent-child workshops to students, senior citizens, teachers and others in underserved communities throughout our region, (5) Year round film screening and discussion series and (6) Gold Coast International Film Festival, now in its 5th year. The Arts Center is an affiliate of the John F Kennedy Center for the for the Performing Arts: Partners in Education Program and National Gallery of Art, both located in Washington DC.


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