State Theatre’s stage will welcome 24 semi-finalists
Move over, âAmerican Idol.â Quiet down, âThe Voice.â Make room for âCulpeper Has Talent!â
A production of Hump Day Media and Buffalo Wild Wings, Culpeperâs premier talent show takes to the stage of the State Theater Friday, February 21, at 8 p.m. There, 24 semi-finalists will compete for cash, other prizes â and recognition that is well-deserved and long overdue.
The idea for âCulpeper Has Talentâ arose when Gordon Humphrey of Hump Day Media discussed promotional opportunities with Culpeperâs Buffalo Wild Wings Grill & Bar. Those talks sparked the idea of a county-wide talent show, and the show took flight with lightning speed.
âWe met in early January,â Humphrey recalls. âJust two weeks later, we had our first try-outs.â Now, âCulpeper Has Talentâ is poised to become one of the most popular events in the county. President of Hump Day Media, a full-service media and promotions firm based in Culpeper, Humphrey hopes to make the show an annual if not bi-annual event.
Assisting Humphrey is long-time friend and collaborator Sonja Wise. An artist, web designer, marketing expert and president of So Wise Co., Ms. Wise said she and . Humphrey are kindred creative spirits. Uncovering the hidden talent in Culpeper has been for her âa total pleasureâ and âpure passion.â
Competitors range in age from 7th graders on up to young adults.
âWe have an amazing drummer in 7th grade, a phenomenal rapper in middle school, several in high school and adult performers in their 30s and possibly 40s,â she said.
Take in the spectacle Friday night. Show your support for performers brimming with talent: 24 singers, dancers, bands, drummers, rappers, comedians and much more. A total of nine acts will be chosen by a panel of three judges that night. Those nine will move on to the ultimate final competition on April 5.
But there will be a 10th act chosen â right now, by people like you. Vote now for your favorite performer by going online. The act that garners the most votes will compete as a âfan favoriteâ in the April 5 finals with the nine finalists selected Friday night by the judges.
A sign of the popularity of âCulpeper Has Talentâ can be seen in the online voting for fan favorites. More than 1,000 have already cast their vote.
Said Wise: âFriday will be one exciting experience!â
If You Go
Culpeper Has Talent
Friday, February 21, at 8 p.m.
The State Theater on Main Street, Culpeper
Tickets range from $15 to $25.
Click on âVOTEâ to cast your ballot for a âfan favorite.â
Contact: Gordon Humphrey at (540) 229-9889 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Ten finalists will be chosen, one by voters
Come out on Friday, February 21 at 8 p.m. to support Culpeper’s local talent.
2. Agon Musliuâ¨
3.Â Brian Sauerwald
â¨4. Brittany Weaseâ¨
5.Â Cadence McCahnâ¨
6. Cassandra Cashmere Stanton
â¨7. Chris Walkerâ¨
9. Equally Oppositesâ¨
10. Gisselle Smith
â¨11.Â Maddison Hicks
â¨12. Johnny 3 & The Barstool Prophetsâ¨
13. John Johnson, Jr.â¨
14. Kevin Rogersâ¨
15. Lauren Kubeâ¨
16. Logan Bowers
18. Meme Downsâ¨
19. Mic L. Shawnâ¨
20. Mo Safrenâ¨
22. Take 2â¨
23. Taylor Johnson
â¨24. We Stay Summer