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Yalimar Borges, from Hayes Bilingual School, will be the first WAMI Showcase performer to sing a song in Spanish.
Yalimar Borges, from Hayes Bilingual School, will be the first WAMI Showcase performer to sing a song in Spanish.

WAMI event at Summerfest showcases young local talent

Summerfest will host the 10th annual WAMI Youth Showcase, a two-hour event featuring blossoming young musical talent, at on Tuesday, July 1 on the Johnson Controls World Sound Stage.

The event will feature a dozen singer/songwriters, vocal groups and bands chosen by a panel of WAMI judges who work in the music business.

"This year's group of performers includes a total of 10 MPS students," says event organizer Barbara Wagner, who is also a teacher in the district. "We have one solo performer, Yalimar Borges, from Hayes Bilingual, who at 13, will be the first-ever WAMI Showcase performer to sing one of her song choices in the language of her heritage, Spanish."

Wagner says the performers cover a wide variety of ages and styles.
"We have two ensemble groups this year, of 10 and 11 students, respectively, and between those two groups, nine are MPS students," she says, "(but) our performers this year range in age from 8-year-old Lucy Thomas, from Bayside, who accompanies herself on guitar, to several 17-year-olds.
"We have a number of solo vocalists, performing everything from the blues to Broadway showtunes. A number of our young people will feature songs they wrote themselves."
There will also be three teenaged bands from Oregon (Distant Cuzins), Sheboygan/Cleveland (Karmah) and Grafton (Society of Someone), says Wagner.
"Because it is our 10th anniversary, we're also bringing back 13-year-old Alyssa Casarez who'll open the show with the national anthem, and an award-winning bluegrass band, The Burie Family, will be back for an encore performance.

"We have some of the most outstanding talent I've seen in years."
Among the other performers are Stephanie Erin Brill, Kelly LeTart, Jonah Roth, Skai Academy and Spotlight Youth Theater. 

The show will also include an award presentation by WAMI president James McMahon to a community group which emphasizes music education.


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