Future Stars returns with new talent, crowd favorites

  • Members of the bands the Voodoo Dolls and Collision are pictured with Future Stars co-founders Jason Stallard and Melanie Santostefano, center, at the October Future Stars event.

    Members of the bands the Voodoo Dolls and Collision are pictured with Future Stars co-founders Jason Stallard and Melanie Santostefano, center, at the October Future Stars event. Courtesy of Love Local Off 53

 
 
Updated 2/9/2022 12:46 PM

Future Stars continues to cast a well-deserved spotlight on talented young Northwest suburban solo artists and bands.

The upcoming performance -- the third Future Stars event since it was established in the fall of 2021 -- will take place from 4-7 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 20, on Durty Nellie's main stage. Tickets are limited and on sale now at www.FutureStars.Live.

 

Singer Sara Bella will kick off the event, followed by a performance from Jagger, also a solo artist/singer, with the band David's House rounding out the event as the headliner. Jagger is a newcomer to the Future Stars family, while Sara Bella provided an impressive and beautiful sneak peek performance at the November Future Stars event.

David's House, a band with eight talented members, opened at the November event and was invited back to be the headliner due to their high-energy, crowd-pleasing performance.

Over the last few months, Jason Stallard, Future Stars' co-founder and co-emcee, has noted the maturity of the young performers, which have included the bands Voodoo Dolls, Kung Fu Sleepover, Collision and David's House, along with solo artist Sara Bella.

"They've really impressed us all with how they carry themselves, and with the intensity in which they focus on growing and improving their talents while on stage," he said.

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Stallard is also the founder of Love Local Off 53, a community-building brand that highlights Northwest suburban businesses/organizations through videos and podcasts.

Future Stars co-founder and co-emcee Melanie Santostefano is excited for the future of Future Stars.

"Jason and I see this as an amazing start, where we can grow this event and allow it to evolve as we continually meet new young entertainers. We, along with our audiences, have been wowed by the talent these young people bring to the stage," she said. "We believe they can absolutely go places with their music if they choose to, and we are there to help highlight them and their talents."

Submit your demo

Future Stars is seeking demo submissions for the March 27 event; the deadline is Feb. 15. Singers or bands (up to age 18/senior in high school) are invited to apply, and all potential acts go through a vetting process in order to be invited to perform at Future Stars.

Entertainers can be invited back to subsequent events based on overall performance and crowd response.

The goal of Future Stars is to provide professional promotion, marketing and public relations, along with a stage and enthusiastic audience, to help these entertainers grow musically and gain experience through live performances.

For more information, visit www.FutureStars.Live.

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