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SEVENTEEN local youth entered this year’s Rural City of Wangaratta Youth Council Unplugged acoustic competition at King George V Gardens, over the busy Jazz Festival weekend.
Jefferey Cabalar took out the Solo Performance (16 to 20 age group) with his captivating voice singing ‘It’s a Beautiful Life’.
Other winners were: Solo Performance (12 - 17) Jessica Graham (15), Group Performance (12 - 20 years) Megan Puls and Joseph Flynn, and runners up were brother and sister duo David and Kat Scott, who had the audience mesmerised with their rendition of Pearl Jam song ‘Last Kiss’.
The Judges Encouragement Award went to talented local performer Rick Steward, 16, who performed an original ‘Tell Me’.
Jefferey Cabalar and Christopher Mangubat had the crowd spellbound with their rendition of ‘Asilo Magdalena’ (The Mars Volta), while fellow performer Richard Perso treated the audience to Tom Waits’ ‘Going out West’.
“We were really impressed with the level of support for the event, especially given the weather conditions, and it was also a fantastic opportunity to showcase our young local talent,” said Rural City of Wangaratta youth mayor Kathryn White who, together with her fellow Youth Councillors, hosted and sponsored the Unplugged event.
“It would be great to see more events like this in Wangaratta.”
Prizes included two recording and mastering sessions courtesy of the Northern Rivers Academy of Music and Wangaratta Rural City Council; tickets to Melbourne’s ‘Big Day Out’ courtesy of the Big Day Out; tickets to Albury’s ‘Groovin the Moo’ courtesy of Groovin the Moo, and tickets to ‘A Day on the Green’ courtesy of A Day on the Green.
WINNER: Jefferey Cabalar (winner 16-20 age group) performing at the Wangaratta Youth Council’s Unplugged Competition.