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The 11th annual 2012 OC Music Awards was a momentous celebration of local artists spanning a two month long Showcase Series leading up to the Awards night on Saturday March 3rd, at the City national Grove of Anaheim. OC Music Awards is the only all local annual music event dedicated to furthering opportunities and success for our local musicians. Each year the Awards Season brings together over 100 local artists and the Orange county music scene for showcases, honors and commemoration of talent.

The 2012 Showcase Series was an amazing journey with 35 local bands participating in free weekly live showcases at various venues throughout Orange County. The Showcase Series wrapped up February 24th with the Finals determining the winners of Best Live Acoustic and Best Live Band categories. The winners received the title to their category, a prize pack from Awards partners, and the opportunity to perform at the 2012 OC Music Awards.

Awards night was an unforgettable event hosted by Psycho Mike of the World Famous KROQ with performances by eight local artists including: Nicole Vaughn and Her Lovely Band (Best Country/Americana winner), Jamie Allensworth (Best Live Acoustic winner), Chris Williams (Best Jazz nominee), Railroad to Alaska (Best Metal and Best Live Band winner), Jeramiah Red (Best Blues winner), and Kiev (Best Indie winner) who performed a special set in 3D presented by VIZIO. Thrice was awarded the Orange County Impact Award for their contribution to the local music scene and Rodney on the ROQ (KROQ DJ, Rodney Bingenheier) received the Lifetime Achievement Award for being among the first to recognize new artists and play “edgy” Orange County bands such as Agent Orange and No Doubt.

Save the date for next year’s OC Music Awards on March 2, 2013 at City National Grove of Anaheim!

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