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Wekastar.com Competition

Wekastar.com is a website sort of like TalentTrove that devotes itself to discovering new artists.

They have many different competitions going on, but one they’ve got going on right now is a Bob Marley cover competition.

Please go check out and vote for my good buddy Brando’s cover of “Redemption Song“. You do have to register to vote, but it’s FREE and QUICK! And worth it…he does an awesome job!!!

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And the winner is…

Last month I wrote about Guitar Center’s annual drum contest that was held in LA this year. Well, 22 year old Jerome Flood II defeated the rest and was crowned winner after competing with 5 other finalists.

What a feat, too, since the finalists were being judged by today’s drummer greats. The judges included past title holder Thomas Pridgen from Mars Volta, Danny Carey from Tool, Alan White from Yes, Taylor Hawkins and Drew Hester from Foo Fighters, Kenny Aronoff, The Rev from Avenged Sevenfold, Snoop Dogg’s drummer Trevor Lawrence Jr., Angels and Airwaves’ Atom Willard, and Street Drum Corps’ Frank Zummo.

The five rounds of competition took FOUR months, with Flood ultimately beating around 5,000 other contestants.

On January 14th, he also was able to make his TV debut on Last Call with Carson Daly. The Atlanta resident says, “The world is going to know about me thanks to this. I’m really thankful to Guitar Center for this opportunity, because it’s really changed my life.”

If you’d like to see the winning video of Jerome rocking the house, click here. If you want to see him on TV, click here.

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Drum Roll…Please


For the last 20 years, guitar giant Guitar World has hosted an annual drum contest. It’s the world’s largest drum competition. And this year they’re holding their 20th anniversary for Drum-Off.

The Grand Finals for Drum-Off ’08 is January 10th in Hollywood. There’s six finalists:

Juan Carlos Mendoza from E. Brunswick, NJ

Jerome Flood II from Lawrenceville, GA

Anthony Burns from Saginaw, MI

Ramon Sampson from Memphis, TN

Sherman Arnold from Englewoodm CO

Timm Newton from La Mesa, CA

After numerous competitions thoughout the entire country (held at every single of the the 214 stores in America), six undiscovered drummers were chosen. A huge feat to accomplish, going through almost 5,000 contestants, these six musicians relish in nervous excitement. The six finalists will go head to head on Saturday, January 10th, 2009 at Guitar Center’s Drum-Off Grand finals in Los Angeles for a prize package worth over $45,000. They will be performing at the historic Music Box at Fonda Theater in front of a capacity crowd. The show will also feature performances from drumming greats Nicko McBrain of Iron Maiden, Jason Bittner from Shadows Fall, an exclusive collaboration by Thomas Pridgen (Mars Volta) and Thomas Lang. Lastly (but not least!), a headlining performance by Papa Roach. The evening’s hosted by Stephen Perkins of Jane’s Addiction.

If you just happen to be in that area, definitely check it out. Let me know if ya do! This competition is huge; Guitar Center’s annual Drum-Off has been recognized by the music community as one of the most important platforms for unsigned talent, and an awesome start-off point for many seriously talented young drummers. Tickets can be bought here from TicketWeb. It’s $15 a ticket, and all-ages…so don’t let your “sobriety”, “underage-ness”, “lack of sobriety”, “ummm…whatever” stop you!

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