Seeking Applicants, 2013 Brentwood Idol Set to Launch Career


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The Downtown Brentwood Coalition is seeking 25-applicants to participate in the 5th Annual Brentwood Idol Competition which is set for Thursday Sept. 5

The contest is open to all East County residents and is open to solo vocalist. There will be two categories and a winner from each.  Youth, ages 17 and under; and adults, ages 18 and over. This competition is for solo vocals.  Rapping, duos and live instruments are not permitted.

“There’s no telling where this will take you,” says Annette Beckstrand. “The winners will represent the community for a year, singing at community events such as the annual Christmas tree lighting and the Cornfest. It can spark a career.”

Beckstrand is part of the directors of the Downtown Brentwood Coalition which is responsible for organizing this star studded event. The Coalition also provided the $200 award which will be split between the youth and adult winner.

This year’s event is being managed by Brentwood City Councilman Gene Clare who has been known to sing at local events along with Rod Linn, a local musician.

According to Beckstrand, as of Wednesday afternoon there are only 10 spaces left to occupy the competition and admits she would like to see more adults participate.

Applications and rules can be picked up at His and Hers Formal wear, located at 625 First Street in downtown Brentwood. The event takes place Thursday, September 5th, in the heart of downtown Brentwood; on First and Oak Street

Contestants will be judged on vocal talent, stage presence and their ability to entertain.

“Our judges are warm, friendly and fun,” says Beckstrand, “which holds true to the Brentwood community.”

Although Brentwood Idol is the focus, the event entails more than just singing. There will be a car show, featuring 60 classic cars. The Tumble Time Bus, face painting, a bounce house and 15 vendors will be providing entertainment and shopping.

The streets themselves will be decked in tables covered in linen and servers eager to bring culinary creations to guests. Downtown Brentwood’s local restaurants created a special menu specifically for the event.  Each restaurant selected a featured menu item for the evening.

Prices for meals average around $7.00.  Besides tables seating around 100 guests, there will also be seating available in the streets for an additional 200 audience members.

The car show and dining begins at 5pm and the Idol Competition begins at 6pm.

We tip our hats to the Downtown Brentwood Coalition for their efforts. The directors of the coalition include Becky Bloomfield, David Martinez, Dafne Swisher, Suzanne Larson, Donna Ross and Annette Beckstrand.

Beckstrand admits that owning a business, His and Hers Formal, in downtown Brentwood is fantastic and could not imagine her business anywhere else due to the support system.

“Everyone pitches in what they can to make these events happen,” says Beckstrand.  “Not only do these events entertain and bring the community together, but they also showcase the businesses in downtown Brentwood.”

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At 4pm on September 5th, streets will be barricaded, tables will be set, classic cars will roll in and hopeful contestants will warm up their vocal cords for a night that can spark someone’s dreams into reality.


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By Amy Schrader
Arts & Entertainment Editor
Email: [email protected]

File Photo of Councilman Gene Clare singing the national anthem at a local Brentwood event over the summer.