Voting has ended for the Tachevah Showcase 2016 and the 10 bands have been announced that will compete in 2 semi-final Showcases to be held Thursday, March 31 at Pappy & Harriet’s Pioneertown Palace and Wednesday, April 13 at The Hood Bar & Pizza in Palm Desert.
Those bands are:
Arms Akimbo of Los Angeles, Brightener from Palm Desert, The Brosquitos from Desert Hot Springs, Cakes of Palm Springs, Hollace from Palm Desert, IIIZ of Palm Desert, Jesse James from Cathedral City, Lorialla of Palm Desert, Moonbaby of Palm Springs and Wild Sons of Palm Springs.
IIIZ , formerly The Yip Yops, received the most online votes in the music video contest sponsored by The Desert Sun and will return to the live competition after being a co-winner of the Tachevah Music Showcase in 2014.
The Brosquitos, who advanced to last year’s semi-finals competition in Palm Springs, were the only other band out of the 10 that had previously made it to Tachevah.
The top 10 contestants beat out some popular Coachella Valley bands, including CIVX, who won the 2014 competition with the Yip Yops (now IIIZ), and was selected to play in that year’s Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival.
Alex Harrington, who competed last year as All Night Shoes, also was selected to perform in the Coachella Music Festival campgrounds last year, but didn’t make the Tachevah cut this year. He did however win the CV Music Award last year for “Best Club DJ”.
Other bands that were surprisingly left out included several CV Music Award winners from the past 2 years such as: Thr3Strykes (winner of the “Best Hip-Hop/Rap” award 2014 & 2015), R Buckle Road (winner of “Best Country Band” 2014) and Caxton (winner of “Best Band” 2014). Higher Heights and Ideation, also not making the cut, were nominated for CV Music Awards last year.
The top 10 bands will be divided into groups of five to play the semi-finals at Pappy and Harriet’s and The Hood. According to The Desert Sun, the names of the bands playing each venue will be announced next week after the musicians can be notified and schedules can be checked.
Two winners from each of the semi-finals competitions, judged by a panel of industry professionals and professional music artists including, singer-songwriter Victoria Williams, Queen music director Spike Edney, and British rocker Terry Reid, will advance to the finals competition May 18 at the Date Shed in Indio. The winner of that will receive a $3,000 cash prize. All concerts in the Tachevah 2016 showcase series are all ages and free.