Soundoff to Sealybration still going strong

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Four musical acts performed Jan. 23 at the second Soundoff to Sealybration competition, facing off for a $1,000 cash prize and a chance to perform at Sealybration this summer.
Of the four performers, those going forward include Bubba Westly and Chris Ryan. Also forging ahead to the finals are those who got the most votes at the first Soundoff event – duos Annabelle Lerma and Blane Fisher and Laz and Katie.
The competition, sponsored by The Sealy News, Sealy Community Foundation and Saddleback Saloon, kicked off Jan. 16 at Saddleback Saloon and continues each Wednesday through March 6, with the finale scheduled for Saturday, March 9.
At last week’s event, competitors Westly, Ryan, duo Mud and Honey and high school student Aaron Ward were allowed to perform up to five songs, as members of the audience cast votes for their favorites. Additionally, judges Tom Mendenhall of Saddleback Saloon, Sealy City Manager Lloyd Merrell and Karen Lopez of The Sealy News tallied up scores on the performers based on song choice, appearance and audience response.
“It was very, very, very close,” said Rolando Cantu, who hosts the event each Wednesday night at 8 p.m. at Saddleback Saloon. “Everyone was really good. The fans were the ones who really made the determination.”
Videos of the competitors can be found on The Sealy News Facebook page by searching with the hashtag #soundofftosealybration.
The following future performances are scheduled:
Jan. 30
• Ryan Brown
• Mason Marek
• Daniel DeWeese
• Chris Wallace
Feb. 6
• Collin Dwigans
• Carson Jeffery
• Gary Elliot
Second Round:
Feb. 20
Feb. 27
Semi-Finals: March 6
Finals: March 9

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