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Jeff Stachowski

Friday, March 24, was the last week of regular competition in Little Anthony’s Reach for the Stars Talent Revue competition at Harbor Point Club and Grill. Regular  judges Dan Roark, Pete Corm (Party with Pete), Lonny Schonfeld, and Tonya Houston were joined by Rachael A. Gregory. Little Anthony, of course, was MC, and Tomas Pineda, Jr. manned the video camera.

Contestants on the last  week – in order of appearance – were David Burns, Linda Stone,

Linda Stone

Albert Eli, and Jeff Stachowski. Fill-in acts were Johnny Christian, Steven Perry (winner from week 11), Don Wall (also a semi-finalist) with Jack Lavender, Sheryl McGuire, Darren Rozell, Lonny Schonfeld, Michael J. (comedian), Ricky Cabug-os, Tomas Pineda, Jr., and Copperhead Taylor. Dan Roark closed the show.

The final week winner was Jeff Stachowski. Linda Stone and Albert Eli came in second and third, respectively.

More pictures will be found on my FB music page.  Next Friday begins the semi-finals. Come on out and see all of  the talented performers. Show begins at 8 p.m.

Albert Eli

Keep writing the songs that are in your heart.

Peace be with you.

Darren Rozell

Darren Rozell

Last Friday, the 27th of January, was the fourth week of Little Anthony’s Reach for the Stars Talent Review competition at Harbor Point Club and Grill in Richardson. Regular judges, Lonny Schofeld, Pete Cormican, and Dan Roark were in attendance. Tin Man Travis, winner of week three, opened the show. Deano Isaacs, winner of week one, followed.

Contestants for the evening were Barry Healey, Darren Rozell, Jordan “Copperhead Taylor” Bearden, Linda Stone, and Sonya Wade. Fill-in performers were Joey Alcatraz and Tomas Pineda, Jr. with Dan Roark closing the show.

Darren Rozell won and will open the show this Friday. “Copperhead Taylor”came in second, with Sonya Wade coming in third. Darren performed original songs, as did the first place winners of three of the four weeks. After the winners were announced, Tin Man played a couple more songs with Brad Blackwood on harmonica.

The show this week promises to be as good as the previous weeks. Come join us, eat some good food and hear

"Copperhead Taylor"

“Copperhead Taylor”

some great music. The staff is friendly and there are shuffleboard and pool tables.

If you want to compete, call Anthony at 214-660-4799. There might be a couple of spots left.

Keep writing the songs that are in your heart.

Peace be with you.

 

Judges, Dan Roark, Pete Cormican, Lonny Schonfeld, Tanya Houston (not pictured, Larry Cooper)

Judges, Dan Roark, Pete Cormican, Lonny Schonfeld, Tanya Houston (not pictured, Larry Cooper)

Last Friday, the 21st, was the third installment of  Little Anthony’s Reach For the Stars Talent Revue Competition at Harbor Point Club and Grill.  Tanya Houston, comedienne from Ft. Worth, and Larry Cooper, guitarist for Chet Atkins, were guest judges in addition to the three regular judges. Little Anthony, of course, was the MC, while Tomas Pineda, Jr. filmed the show for CI-TV. Opening the show was the first place winner from the 2nd week, Genaro Sendejas. He was followed by Deano Isaac, the 1st week’s winner.

Tin Man Travis

Tin Man Travis

Competing for the evening were John Mason, Jordan “Copperhead” Bearden, Tin Man Travis, James Idley, Cindy Lewis, Denise Alcarez, Ferdie Gonzalez, and Charley Younblood. Larry Cooper, Tanya Houston, and Sonya Wade were fill-in performers. Dan Roark closed the show.

John Mason

John Mason

Following Dan’s set, the winners were announced. Third place was John Mason, second place was Jordan Bearden, and first place was Tin Man Travis. Then Tin Man played another song to close out the evening.

Come on out and see the acts perform for week  four of the Reach For the Stars Competition. Tin Man will open the show. There are always interesting acts and a few surprises. Some of the acts are simply singers, some play an instrument and sing, and some, like Sendejas, Travis, and Mason, perform their original songs.

If you would like to perform, call Anthony at 214-660-4799.

Join us this week. The staff at Harbor Point is very friendly, the food is good, and the drinks are reasonably priced. There is also pool and shuffleboard while you listen to the music.

Keep writing the songs that are in your heart.

Jordan Bearden

Jordan Bearden

Peace be with you.

Genaro Sendejas

Genaro Sendejas

The second week of the Reach for the Stars competition at Harbor Point on Friday began with Little Anthony introducing Deano Isaac, winner of week one. He sang a couple of Frank Sinatra songs, and a song that Elvis Presley covered. James Idley began the week’s competition with a few R&B tunes. My fellow judges were Lonny Schonfeld, Pete Cormican, and Gus Garza. [Read on if you would like to play as a fill-in or compete.]

Darby Martin played next. As he did when he played the week before when he came in second, he played an original song. For his third song, he put his guitar down and sang to a track. Isaac came back up and sang a couple more songs in a fill-in performance. Then Jack King – the Magic Guy with the Bow Tie – performed a few magic tricks, also as a fill-in performer.

The competition continued with Rachel Schriver, who also sang the week before. She seemed to have more

James Idley

James Idley

confidence this week and did well. She is also a veteran, for which she received applause and support. Genaro Sendejas followed with three good original songs, accompanying himself on guitar. David Marcus followed Sendejas. Marcus has a very good voice that is reminiscent of Frankie Valle and singers of that era.

LTD is a man and woman duo. I tried to get their names, but was told just to put LTD. They sang a couple of songs, including a Doobie Brothers tune, before she sang the last song alone. Cheryl McGuire came on next as a fill-in performer. She sang a few of the songs she sings at her nursing home shows.

David Marcus

David Marcus

A guy named Dan Roark closed the show with of few of his songs before the winners were announced. Genaro Sendejas came in first and will open the show next week. James Idley and David Marcus came in second and third, respectively.

Come join us at Harbor Point next Friday at 8 p.m. to hear Genaro and see what the evening brings. If you would like to play as a fill-in or compete, call Anthony at    214-660-4799 (no texts). Good food, reasonable drinks, and friendly staff. And a lot of good music. See more pictures on my FB music page.

Keep writing the songs that are in your heart.

Peace be with you.

 

reach-for-the-stars-flyerLittle Anthony asked me to be a judge for his Reach for the Stars Talent Contest. As you see in the picture of the flyer, the winner receives $500. Contrary to the flyer though, it will be held on Friday nights, not Tuesdays, but will still start at 8 p.m.

There will be 12 weeks of competition, 6 weeks of semi-finals, and a grand finale. Anyone who is interested and is over 21 should call 214-660-4799 to book a spot. There will be no drop-ins. The contest will be held at Harbor Point Club and Grill on Buckingham in Richardson. There are still spots open, so call to book a spot. Did I say the winner gets $500?

If you have been around Dallas a good while – particularly in music – you have heard of Little Anthony. Which would be Anthony Bellante, Jr. He played for years with his band around Dallas. He has taught kids to play a number of instruments and sing in his World Class Entertainers school and studio. He also has a CI-TV channel which will not only “broadcast” the talent contest, but also a few Christian shows. He also has a number of side businesses.

Anthony has held the talent contest for a number of years. It was affiliated with StarSearch in the 90’s. Leann Rimes got her start after being in the contest. It’s going to be fun, if nothing else. I’m looking forward to being a judge and performing. I don’t watch the talent contests on television, but it will be interesting to be involved in one and get to play.

So call and book a spot or put it on your calendar to come hear some good talent. Audience response is always a factor. Harbor Point has pool tables, dart boards, and shuffleboard tables to keep your hands busy while you listen to the music. Not to mention the food and drinks.

Keep writing the songs that are in your heart.

Peace be with you.

 

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