Windy City Gay Idol, now in its 10th year, is one step closer to crowning a Gay Idol. Don't miss the Semifinals on Saturday, June 2 at Sidetrack, 3349 N Halsted, with doors at 2 p.m., show at 3 p.m. The largest annual search for the best amateur gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered singers in the Chicago area continues, after ten preliminary events, with the top 23 finalists all competing for a spot in the Top Twelve at the Finals which will be held Saturday, June 16.
Windy City Gay Idol is produced by Windy City Times and Windy City Media Group. Idol winners have gone on to sing at Wrigley Field, Soldier Field, Market Days and at festivals in Illinois, Indiana, Milwaukee, and Toronto. Plus the Windy City Gay Idol Finals in 2008 featured a then unknown Lady Gaga as a guest performer.
Audience votes determine the Top Twelve Finalists. A panel of judges will provide feedback throughout the event. Judges include: Nightspots' editor Kirk Williamson, Heather Schmucker (Producer of American Music Theatre Project at Northwestern) and performer Mitchell Fain (Lookingglass, Midnight Circus and Second City).
The Windy City Gay Idol winner will be awarded $1,000 cash, a dream vacation to Vancouver, theater /concert tickets, plus the coveted title of Windy City Gay Idol 2012.
Audience members will win big as well at the Semifinals! One audience member at the Semifinals will win a trip for two to Vancouver. Others will win tickets to Rock of Ages, and other exciting Chicago shows.
The guest performer at the Semifinals is a highly entertaining all-girl band, Hot Mess, covering favorite songs from Michael Jackson to Adele, the Beatles to Cee Lo Green, Lenny Kravitz to Kelly Clarkson. For more info visit http://www.hotmessband.com/
There is a $10 cover, which includes a free drink ticket. All audience members are entered to win prizes.