StarsDay, the open mic music event launched last year by Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center, is returning online on July 16 with its second annual "Dreamcatcher" talent competition.
The show is designed to showcase the artistic talent in the community, and any local musicians, vocalists or spoken word artists can sign up for a slot to perform from their home or studio space.
Artists must sign up by 11:59 p.m. July 13 at livermorearts.org to perform in the show, being held via Zoom; the fee is $10.
Tickets to view the show, which begins at 5 p.m., are free but registration is required, at livermorearts.org.
"We're excited to return in July with the online StarsDay 'Dreamcatcher' event, as well as some in-person limited registration classes at the Bothwell Arts Center," Executive Director Chris Carter said. "These add to online activities and exhibits begun last month and some live music opportunities we have in the planning stage."
When artists or groups sign up to participate, they will be assigned a time slot based on space available and given a Zoom access link. A minimum number of entries must be received in order for this year's event to take place.
The winner of the competition will receive a handmade dreamcatcher necklace and an offer for a paid performance opportunity at an upcoming event at the Bankhead Theater. The Audience Favorite Award winner will receive a gift card for tickets.
LVPAC arts education manager Arthur Barinque, who originated StarsDay in 2019, will produce this year's event with returning emcee Randy Fortes. The winner of last year's "Dreamcatcher" award, singer/songwriter Alise Bradford, will help open the show.
"From the start, Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center has been and continues to be a community-based organization and bringing people together to share their talents reflects that focus," Carter said. "We exist only with community support, from donations, sponsorships and ticket buying, to our dozens of loyal volunteers."
The organization held a membership drive in May that raised approximately $109,000 and gained 100 new members, Carter said, with half of them joining on one day.
"With the loss of more than 50 revenue-producing events due to the COVID-19 shutdown, those funds will be essential to get us into our new fiscal year on July 1 and allow us to plan and commit to events for the coming season," he added.