Hahn And Cellura Play For A Big Break

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Manhasset talent is deep. With the many personalities in the entertainment industries, it is no wonder Manhasset residents Andrew Hahn and Oscar Cellura of 37 Stripes are finalists in the 2018 final round of Your Big Break Competition.

The top five remaining finalists, who survived the first two knockout rounds held earlier this year, will perform for judges that include producers, radio and television personalities and music business executives. The winner will be chosen by the judges and audience members, as the performers vie to win prizes and recognition that can help boost their music careers. Among the prizes include the chance to open for national acts at major local venues like The Paramount; recording time at DCITY Studios; a feature on Reverbnation.com; musical equipment from All Music Inc. and ZOOM North America; and a public relations and social media campaign, booking and label services consultation with the Rick Eberle Agency. The Your Big Break Competition finalists are singer/songwriters Kaylee Shahira and Lydia von Hof; and bands 37 Stripes, All Types of Kinds, and Psychopompus.

The band 37 Stripes formed in the fall of 2016. The members were introduced at the iSchool of Music and Art on Long Island and quickly connected with one another and settled on musical upheaval as an alternative expression. 37 Stripes have been writing their music and playing at festivals and venues around New York City. Band members include Hahn, who plays Fender bass, sax and keyboard; Cellura on Fender guitar, electric bass, stand-up bass, keyboard and vocals; and percussionist Zach Levine, a Syosset resident, who plays the drums. Hahn has been playing piano for seven years and saxophone for four years and picked up bass guitar last year. He was also selected to play saxophone in All County Band. Cellura has been around music all his life and started piano lessons at age eight. He has played in more than three dozen live concerts on all instruments. Cellura toured with the iSchool of Music all-star band in Beijing, China in 2015, playing five shows over 10 days.

The band has played at the renowned Bitter End in Greenwich Village and Mulcahy’s in Wantagh. 37 Stripes were also finalists in the Town of Oyster Bay’s Battle of the Bands and the Morgan Park (Glen Cove) Summer Music Festival.

Finals will be on Saturday, April 21, at the Gold Coast Arts Center’s Acoustic Café, 113 Middle Neck Rd., Great Neck. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. with the first act taking the stage at 8 p.m. Advance tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for students, and $20 at the door. To purchase tickets in advance visit: goldcoastarts.org/your-big-break-final.

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Elizabeth Johnson is editor of Manhasset Press and Port Washington News, special features including the Business Quarterly column, Manhasset Magazine, Pride In Port, Port Washington News, Port Gift Guide and other special sections. Growing up in nearby Garden City and attending New York University, she is well-versed in the locale and knowledgeable about the beat she covers. Her community involvement is extensive and includes the Manhasset SCA, Kiwanis International, Manhasset Chamber of Commerce, St. Mary’s Church, and various civic and local charitable organizations. Curious by nature, her travels, community service, love of the arts as well as local sports give her the inside view to unique content. During her time at Anton, she has received several awards from the New York Press Association and the Press Club of LI, including the coveted "Best Community newspaper" several years in a row.

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