MOVING ON TO THE FINALS!!! Thanks to everyone who came out to vote me on to the Final Round of the Beta HiFi Emerging Artists Competition! Thanks to Pedro, Greg & Lisa (pictured) for kazooing; thanks to WorldCafe for some good food; thanks to Philadelphia for not being in a state of emergency and giving us some mostly good weather. A little Thank You Sumthin’ is on the way. The Finals will be in the next few days (pending Irene), stay tuned for the deets!
Do you remember the year 2009?
It was a good one. I know, it was a long long time ago, and things were so different then. Somebody named Beyonce was at the top of the charts (i referenced the Billboard charts out of curiosity). People were still using MySpace (i think). The Something New album was just a twinkle in my eye. I was also a finalist in something called the Beta HiFi competition – a showcase for the Philadelphia region’s best emerging talent to compete to see who is the most awesome (and win some very nice prizes). You all displayed some incredible love and showed up to vote me into the final round, where I almost made it to the top as a finalist. It was a fun ride, and there was some great competition. This month, I have been given another chance to come back and compete again!!! I am armed with some new songs, new energy, and pyrotechnics (metaphorically speaking).
The first round is THURSDAY, AUG 25 – next week – and the audience votes on the best artist of the night. So I NEED YOUR PRESENCE! If you come, i can promise some absolutely brand new songs, and some awesome egg plant fries. Plus, the show is ABSOLUTELY FREE! Plus, it’s at the comfortably early time of 7pm, so you can make it post-work/post-school/pre-clubbing/pre-graveyard-shift-at-the-graveyard. and it is at the most wonderful World Cafe Live venue. So, to recap: Thursday, Avi, Free, New Songs, World Cafe, 7pm, Philly, You, Vote, Free, Eggplant Fries.
RSVP to the FB event and bring your friends!!! Info about reserving seats (recommended) below. The winner of the first round will be announced at the end of the night, and you can certainly stay for all the great artists’ performances (but you don’t have to). All you have to do is make sure to request a ballot when you walk in, and make sure to submit it before you leave. Because this is what music is all about: winning.
Beta HiFi Emerging Artist Showcase
at Philadelphia’s World Cafe Live
Thursday, August 25
doors open at 6:30pm
Avi Wisnia performs at 7pm SHARP
this is an all ages event
For more information, please visit www.worldcafelive.com.
For seating & dinner reservations, please call the box office at 215-222-1400.
Facebook event LINK
You do have to vote in person. So what can you do if you are not in the Philadelphia area? You can contact WXPN, the radio station that broadcasts out of the World Cafe building, and help build support for the show! Here are 2 ways:
1) Go to www.xpn.org, scroll down til you see “Related Items” and click “Make a Request”, put in “Something New – Avi Wisnia” (or, you know, whatever song you want, it is your request), and for “request type” choose the Leicht Lunch or Other. Submit!
2) Call the request line: (215) 573-9976 or (800) 565-9976 and request “Something New by Philly local artist Avi Wisnia, who is awesome”. The best times to call are 8-10am EST, Tuesdays 9-10pm EST and All-Request Saturdays 2-4pm EST.
It was amazing seeing all you beautiful people at our shows this summer, especially this past week. Keep checking in on the AW Facebook page for pics from the summer tour (i really will post them), and you can also check out some new tour dates for the fall below!
Thank you. Always. See you soon!
The OutMusic Awards recognizes achievements by LGBT recording artists and this year, I have been nominated for 3 awards! The nominations, announced in LA last December, are for Outstanding Pop Song (New Year), Outstanding Jazz Song(The Back of Your Hand), and Outstanding Video of the Year (Rabbit Hole). The awards were postponed from last year due to an unfortunate situation with one of the major sponsors – but they are BACK ON for May, to be held at Irving Plaza in NYC on May 23. If you are interested in the event, you can purchase tickets at www.outmusicawards.com.
The No Brainer 2011
Speaking of things that are BACK ON, The No Brainer Benefit Concert is coming back this year to Philadelphia. My family and I are excited to be once again organizing this great event that we started a few years back to raise funds and awareness for the National Brain Tumor Society. This year, we are even featuring a 2 hour open bar & food buffet in addition to some great live music!!! Mark down the date: Sunday, June 5 at 2pm, and stay tuned for more details.
More Spring Dates
I’ve got even MORE great events coming up all along the East Coast this month. Here are some of the major tour stops you should attend:
- All Asia in Boston
- Dewey Beach Pop Fest at The Rusty Rudder in Dewey Beach, Delaware
- Smithsonian American Art Museum in DC
- An Die Musik in Baltimore
Complete tour details and info at www.aviwisnia.com/tour.
Well, I’m about spent, and I need to go make sure my allergies are under control by the time I get on the Joe’s Pub stage tomorrow. ‘Tis the season… See you soon!