The Original Michigan Idol Reborn at Stables Martini & Cigar Bar
Where it all started back in 2007.
October 2, 2015
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By: Josh Sharrow
Steve Armstrong, Dani Vitany, Sarah Schingeck, Micah Read, Matt Ryan, Travis Paten, Lauren LaCourse, Allie Shermataro, and Joey Atchison all have something in common.
At the beginning of their respective musical careers, each of these local performers claimed a Michigan Idol singing title (Organized by MyBayCity) at either Willew Lounge, VNO Wine Warehouse or at The Stables Martini & Cigar Bar in the years previous.
It all started in Bay City during the summer of 2007.
Art Dore was looking to promote his newly-remodeled Stables Martini and Cigar Bar on Bay City's West Side.
O.J. Cunningham & MyBayCity were "new on the scene" and looking for high-energy nightlife activities to promote in their fast-growing online newspaper.
Music Man, Dougie Dore had an open night on his calendar for the Summer.
And the "American Idol" fever (on television) was at a high pitch.
These forces all came together to create a highly polished karaoke competition with knowledgeable judges and substantial prizes along with online voting and youtube video . . . and "Michigan's Got Talent" was born and running at full speed by week three of the competition.
Over the next four years, hundreds of talented wannabe singing stars passed in front of the judges and the MyBayCity cameras as the crowds grew bigger and bigger every Thursday night at The Stables on Bay City's West Side.
After 8 years the rolling Michigan Idol Show returns to The Stables Martini & Cigar Bar. All the fun begins again at The Stables starting Wednesday, October 7th, 2015 for another 8 week talent competition.
Josh Sharrow (On Air Staff at 98 KCQ & MyBayCity.com) will return as your comical Idol Host and a wonderful panel of Judges including:
- Shawn Doyle - 98 KCQ & Impact Sound Entertainment
- Deb St. Hilaire - The Divalution & W4DIVAS.com
- Dave Bernreuter - Award Winning Michigan Idol Judge
Contestants are scored on: Appearance, Stage Presence, Vocal Ability, Crowd Reaction, Song Knowledge and Over All Attitude. Total scores from the contestants best 5 weeks are totaled to conclude winner of Contest. Sound will once again be provided by Level 47 Productions of Bay City.
Sign up and warm-ups are held from 8pm to 9pm. With competition starting at 9pm sharp.
The Stables Martini & Cigar Bar is located at 804 E. Midland Street in Bay City.
The very first Idol Winner - Steve Armstrong (2007)
Photo by Mary Penn
Idol 2014 at VNO Wine Warehouse - (Hairball John, Bruce Lafrance & Joe Gibson)
Idol 2013 at Castaways (Winner Joe Gibson with Competitors)
Idol 2013 at The Willew (Winner Sarah Jane Wack)
Idol 2012 at The Willew (Winner Amanda Kramer)
Idol 2012 at The Willew (Winner Travis Paten)
Idol 2012 at The Willew (Winner Joey Atchison)
Idol 2011 at The Willew (Winner Tim Bruski)
Idol 2011 at The Willew (Winner Matt Ryan)
Sharrow is the Sales Manager, columnist, writer, coffee maker for O.J. Advertising and an on-air personality for 98 KCQ.
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