'Big Break' Awaits In New Competition For Rosemont


Todd - Journal & Topics

The village of Rosemont and Joe’s Live, in partnership with Bar 1 Events Group, are launching Rosemont’s first-ever vocal competition “Big Break” with open auditions Wednesday, July 26.

The nine-week competition will feature weekly live performances to find the next vocal powerhouse. The winning vocalist will be awarded a $10,000 grand prize during a special finale event on the village’s entertainment center center lawn on Wednesday, Sept. 27.

First established in 2006 by Thomas Piazza of Bar 1 Events Group, “Big Break” has attracted thousands of patrons to Piazza’s downtown Chicago bar properties over the past 12 years. This year marks the first year that Piazza and his team, Big Break Productions, have created a second competition to be hosted in Rosemont.

Open auditions for “Big Break” will be held at Joe’s Live Rosemont, Wednesday, July 26 starting at 6 p.m. Those interested in auditioning must register at by July 25 at 11:59 p.m. CST.

During the audition, each participant will receive 30 seconds for an a cappella performance in front of “Big Break” judges including professional vocal coach and Who Knew Entertainment founder Kelli Ann MacCord Lotrich, professional drummer and vocalist of Chicago band Mike and Joe, Aaron Streich and Modern Day Romeos lead singer Jim Wojdyla. The contestants of 2017’s “Big Break’s” will be selected after a special callback event Wednesday, Aug. 2.

The competition will continue with weekly audience voting rounds at Joe’s Live every Wednesday at 7 p.m. from Aug. 9 through Sept. 13. “Big Break” judges will critique contestant performances, although audience votes will determine whether or not a contestant is able to progress to the next round. Audience members interested in voting for “Big Break” contestants must be ages 21+ and will receive voting wristbands upon entering Joe’s Live.

A special “Big Break” finale event will take place at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 27 on the park’s lawn where audience members can enjoy live performances from the five remaining contestants along with food and beverage tents. Guests will then vote to decide who will win the $10,000 grand prize.

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