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2019 Vocal Showcase

Some New Twists, More Exposure a New Name. The new Face Of This Summer’s 2019 Yolo Idol

The Yolo Idol Competition continues to be one of Fair’s most popular attractions, hosting hundreds of spectators in recent years.

This year’s show starts out with a BANG and a new name…let us explain:

Last year we were contacted by the legal team of the “American Idol” franchise demanding that we cease and desist using anything with the word Idol in it. I tried to reason with their legal team to no avail reminding them that not only were we NOT making any income from using the name “Yolo Idol” but that we actually were giving and donating money and time. They weren’t buying it and again said no with a final statement: “Don’t try using Yolo’s Got Talent either!” So, to that point, we solicited Woodland for input relative to a new name. We also included YCF Board input and of course the input of myself and Ericka Davis. The final outcome for our new logo was “THE YOLO COUNTY FAIR VOCAL SHOWCASE”. We were able to keep the branded logo image pretty much the same. Here’s a peek:

New changes and a more concise application process have been implemented to make the contest more exciting and deliver a higher quality of competitors for the fans.

Contestants for 2019 will be allowed to play an instrument as well as use their own original songs. Applicants are encouraged to submit, along with their application, a video, YouTube link or recording of themselves.

With so many applicants submitting for this year’s Vocal Showcase, it will give Ericka Davis a chance to assess the talent and limit the number of contestants. There will also be an opportunity for late entrants to show the judges “what they’ve got” at this year’s Woodland Farmers Market, August 3rd. A special stage will be set up for those who want to take a shot at being a last-minute candidate or for those already accepted to get in a little practice for the big event on August 15th.

The Vocal Showcase contest will take place from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 15th, followed by the sixth annual, Hometown Heroes: Battle of the Bands.

Another new surprise is that this year we will be featuring past winners of the Idol (Vocal Showcase) as invited performers and even providing the opportunity for one of them to sing The National Anthem!

Judging for Vocal Showcase will be based on vocal quality, difficulty of performance, stage presence, appropriateness of the song selection and appearance.

From the contestants, the Top 3 will be selected by judges to sing a second song, which will determine the Vocal Showcase winner, runner up and third place contestant.

The winner will take home $250 and the second and third place contestants will take home $100 and $50, respectively.

This year’s contest will feature Cambi Brown of Good Day Sacramento as Master of ceremonies. Born and raised in Elk Grove, Cambi attended Sacramento State and began her broadcasting career as an intern at Good Day Sacramento. She landed her first on­-air job in Yuma, Arizona. She realized you can take the girl out of California, but you can’t take California out of the girl. Most recently Cambi returned to The Golden State, In December of 2012, Cambi moved back to work for the station where she first learned the ropes at CBS 13.

The judging panel for this year’s Vocal Showcase boasts a tremendous amount of talent and experience and includes: Bobby Rogers; long time Director of Music at Woodland Joint Unified School District. Rounding out the team is Mark Hutt of the Woodland Daily Democrat. Marc is Advertising Director for the Daily Democrat in Woodland, CA as well as President for the Historic Downtown Woodland Group. Marc will be taking on this exciting assignment for the first time! Jason Squires rounds out this talented team. Jason is the owner of Musictown Studio. Jason Squires is a worship leader & songwriter. Jason travels nationally leading worship and teaching at conferences. Jason and his wife own a teaching studio in Northern California called Musictown Studio. Musictown is training the next generation of creatives in music, leadership, and production.

For more information, or to reserve your performance spot contact:

Ericka Dawn Davis

530-383-2199 Ericka@ErickaDavis.com

Contestants can find forms to submit here: https://www.yolocountyfair.net/p/the-fair/vocalsho...

The Yolo County Fair Office

1250 Gum Ave, Woodland, CA 95776

(530) 402-2222

With so many applicants submitted for Yolo County Fair’s Vocal Showcase, this will give Ericka Davis a chance to assess the talent and limit the number of contestants. There will also be an opportunity for any entrants to show Ericka “what they’ve got” if they’re not tech savvy to send a video link at the Woodland Farmers Market, August 3rd at 9am to noon. A special stage will be set up for those who want to take a shot at being a last-minute candidate or for those already accepted to get in a little practice for the big event on August 15th.

Master of Ceremonies

Cambi Brown

Good Day Sacramento


Born and raised in Elk Grove, Cambi attended Sacramento State and began her broadcasting career as an intern at Good Day Sacramento. She knew she wanted to someday return as a reporter, and has been able to do just that on Good Day and CBS13. Cambi landed her first on-air job in Yuma, Arizona. She realized you can take the girl out of California, but you can’t take California out of the girl. Most recently she returned to The Golden State, working on a morning show in Bakersfield. Her “Cambi on the go” franchise there allowed her to do a lot of things from skydiving to joining the circus. In December of 2012, Cambi moved back to work for the station where she first learned the ropes, CBS 13When not at work, you’ll find Cambi watching “I Love Lucy” reruns, bragging about her brother, who is proudly serving our country, or trying to stop her mom from telling everyone in town to watch her daughter on Good Day!

VOCAL SHOWCASE Panel Judges

Jason Squires

Musictown Studios

VOCAL SHOWCASE Panel Judge

Jason Squires is a worship leader and songwriter. Jason travels nationally leading worship and teaching at conferences. He has taught at many conferences including Worship Connect, Christian Musician Summit, National Worship Leader Conference, and Worship Northwest. Jason has opened for artists such as Big Daddy Weave, Meredith Andrews, Laura Story, and Jaci Velasquez. He works with World Vision advocating for the poorest of the poor around the world. Since 2006, more than 1800 kids have been sponsored through his ministry. Jason and his wife own a teaching studio in Northern California called Musictown Studio. Musictown is training the next generation of creatives in music, leadership, and production. He resides in Woodland, CA with his wife Kacee and three daughters.

Marc Hutt

Advertising Director Daily Democrat

VOCAL SHOWCASE Panel Judge

Marc Hutt is Advertising Director for the Daily Democrat in Woodland, CA as well as President for the Historic Downtown Woodland Group. The Historic Downtown Woodland Group produces 8 annual community concerts in Heritage Plaza as well as First Friday Art Walks on Main Street in Historic Downtown Woodland that will premiere their Street Musicians promotion in August. Marc has been a singer songwriter for over 40 years performing with various bands in Arizona and California. Marc has participated in Skips Music's Weekend Warriors numerous times and attends numerous music festivals across NorCal annually supporting live music whenever possible.

Bobby Rogers

Music Instructor Pioneer High School

VOCAL SHOWCASE Panel Judge

Bobby Rogers is a graduate of Sonoma State University and Sacramento. He was the Region 3 finalist for California Teacher of the Year in 2009, and Program of Excellence for top program in Yolo County 2015. Mr. Rogers is currently the music director at Pioneer High School in Woodland, Adjunct Professor of Jazz at Solano Community College, Director of the Yolo Community Band, Conductor of the Santa Rosa Youth Symphony Orchestra and Santa Rosa Symphony Professional Orchestra Family Concert Series. He has served two terms as president for the Northern California Band Directors Association, and has been appointed to the California Band Directors Association Board of Directors. Mr. Rogers has been a very active performer, including the American Philharmonic, Camellia Symphony and the Rancho Cordova Civic Light Orchestra. He has also performed and recorded with Gwen Stefani, Coolio, Third Eye Blind, Smash Mouth Mr. Rogers lives in Woodland with his two daughters, Taylor and Hannah. He enjoys the art of a great BBQ, and running 10Ks and half marathons.

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