More than 1,500 people filled Downtown Indio for the 6th Annual Tachevah Music Showcase and the Indio Block Party on Saturday, May 5th to see the Tachevah musician finalists in one last battle and enjoy everything from a car show, food vendors and exhibitors to a beer garden and an hour-long set by Brightener.
The four-month competition culminated with the outdoor block party, and Giselle Woo and the Night Owls were crowned the winner of Tachevah – taking home the grand prize of $3,000. Tachevah was presented by The Desert Sun and the City of Indio.
There were four bands that competed in the finals, each performing a 25-minute set in front of a diverse crowd sitting on blankets and lawn chairs.
“For once I’m speechless,” Woo said after being announced the winner. “It’s been a long few months. It’s been all I’ve been thinking about. It’s taken over my life. I was excited to get here.”
Tachevah – which showcases emerging artists from, in and around the desert – started in January with 45 artists submitting music videos to Tachevahmusic.com. From there, 10 bands were selected to perform, five each at two semi-finals in March.
Eevaan Tre and Victor Bosc advanced from the first Tachevah semi-finals at Pappy and Harriet's Pioneertown Palace on March 15th, while Giselle Woo and the Night Owls and Razor J advanced from the second round held at The Date Shed on March 22nd.
The winner was selected by a panel of judges that included: Elizabeth Vargas of Indio and the president and CEO of the Edge Music Network; David Williams of Palm Springs/Hollywood and the owner of Melrose Music as well as a new studio in Palm Springs; Alvin Taylor of Cathedral City, a drummer who has played with the likes of George Harrison, Elton John and Little Richard; and Bruce Fessier, music writer for The Desert Sun.
Woo, of Cathedral City, is well known in the desert as a singer-musician and an on-air personality at KCOD, where she serves as station manager. The Night Owls are Christian Colin on lead guitar, Rob Peterson on drums and Bryanna Evaro – who filled in on bass on Saturday.
The first Tachevah Music Showcase was conceived as a fun event in between the two Coachella weekends. It started in Palm Springs, but now its 6th year, it has moved to Indio.
Downtown Indio was an ideal location for the music showcase and block party, providing the perfect space for attendees to stroll the vendors and car show as well as listen to the music.