April 5, 2007

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Milford Idol
Shenanigans holds a talent show
By Erica Febre efebre@hippopress.com

Shenanigans Restaurant and Bar in Milford will be holding a talent search called the Idol Artist competition.

The competition is open to local musicians of all sorts — solo artists, duos and full bands, covers or originals, with or without experience and all genre’s are welcome.

Randy “Randozz” Koehler, who hosts the regular open mike at Shenanigans every Tuesday, will be coordinating the Idol Artist competition.

So far, Koehler expects some of the popular local bands, such as The Rusty Cadillacs from Manchester and Crazy Jane from Nashua, to compete even though they’re already established in the music scene.

The contest will be open to about 20 bands with three bands competing against each other each night. There will be eight weeks of judging and winners from each night will move on to a semi-final round. The semi-finals will take two to three weeks to complete with only two bands moving on to the finals.

The payoff — a $500 cash prize for the winner makes it well worth it, regardless of experience level.

“Some people might feel a little intimidated or afraid to play against tougher competition, but that’s the fun of leaving the competition open to anyone. If you have confidence and talent, then you’ll go up against anything. You just have to get up there and give it your best,” Koehler said.

Contestants will be judged on several different categories and the audience will also have a part in deciding who they want to move on to the next round by a show of applause.

“Part of the judging is based on originality, presence and style. ... If someone comes up as a solo artist and their material is really good, they’ll have just as much of a chance against a full band,” Koehler said.

The Idol Artist competition will begin promptly after Koehler has a completed schedule of bands. The regularly scheduled open mike will still be held on Tuesday nights, running from 7 to 9 p.m., with the competition starting afterward.

Idol contest, Simon-free
What: The Idol Artist Competition
Where: Shenanigans Restaurant and Bar, 586 Nashua St. in Milford
For more information: To sign up for the Idol Artist competition, go to randozz.com or myspace.com/randoz, or call Randozz directly at 320-6008. Competition will begin promptly after bands are booked.