Rising Stars

Three area residents are preparing to audition for NBC’s “The Voice,” and they are looking for community support to help get them there.

A finalist of The Spire Theater’s Chautauqua’s Got Talent competition, Dylan Carlson, is set to host a concert fundraiser Saturday at 6 p.m.

The event, held at The Spire, will feature performances by Carlson, Joshua Lucas, Jessica Hochstine, Brooklyn Bucklin, and the winner of the 2014 Chautauqua’s Got Talent competition, Austin Anderson. Tickets are $8 presale and $10 at the door. Proceeds from the event will be used to fund a trip to Washington, D.C., on June 7-8 to audition for “The Voice.”

Each musician will perform two songs during the concert, but duos, trios, group tunes and choreography are also planned. The songs Carlson, Lucas and Hochstine perform will be the tunes they use for “The Voice” audition.

The songs they have selected are contemporary tunes by popular artists, such as: “Titanium” by David Guetta featuring Sia, “Let Her Go” by Passenger, “The Neighbourhood” by Sweater Weather, “Dog Days Are Over” by Florence and the Machine, “If I Were A Boy” by Beyonce, and “Everytime” by Britney Spears.

Carlson, a Dunkirk High School graduate, said he and Lucas auditioned last year, and he also auditioned two years ago. Although he wasn’t selected either of the times, he hopes the third time will be the charm.

“The experience was so fun because during open calls there are like 6,000 people and they are all singing, dancing and having a blast,” Carlson said. “I was shy and awkward, so this time I’ll hammer my songs out more, make friends and work on being more of an individual. I really want to impress the producers because it’s really cutthroat.”

Carlson, Lucas and Hochstine will audition as individuals for the event, but Carlson and Lucas will also audition as a duo, which will give them an extra chance at being selected.

“I’m looking forward to the experience because I liked when we auditioned last time,” Lucas said. “This time I want to make friends, see the city and to be noticed by a producer is the greatest feeling in the world.”

“I’ve never been formally trained – I’m self-taught,” Hochstine added. “I’ve never auditioned with my voice before, and I’m really shy. But, I’m trying to get my name out there, to show people what I can do and that I have star-quality.”

Ylsa Giuffre, CEO of Big Time Productions at The Spire Theater, is excited for the opportunity that former contestants of Chautauqua’s Got Talent are seizing, as well as the chance to support them with a benefit concert.

“We had the pleasure of enjoying performances from these talented young people during Chautauqua’s Got Talent this year, and we are thrilled to help them with this endeavor,” said Giuffre. “We appreciate their ambition, and always encourage people to pursue their dreams. We are happy to help them get their names out there with this concert, and I’m really looking forward to seeing where all of this leads for them.”

Tickets can be purchased by visiting www.spiretheater.org or by calling 450-7357. The Spire Theater is located at 317 E. Third St. in Jamestown. For more information, call Carlson at 581-1578 or email dylancarlson90@yahoo.com.