Bring on the semifinals!
Twenty-five of Baltimore’s most talented have been culled from a field of 50 to perform in annual Ed Block of Courage Award Foundation singing competition fundraiser at Padonia Station.
Seven Voice of Baltimore hopefuls performed Monday night at the Timonium restaurant/bar. Only one was sent home. (See photos)
The semifinals have been scheduled for July 9 and July 16. Top performers will compete in the Voice of Baltimore finals on July 23.
The winner will receive $500, a 5-day vacation in Ocean City, a 10-hour recording session and have the opportunity to sing the National Anthem at a Baltimore Orioles game.
“Padonia Station has done a great job of helping us and being a supporter of our foundation for a long time now,” Paul Mittermeier, director of communications for the Ed Block of Courage Award Foundation, said.
Proceeds from the two-month competition have benefitted the foundation for 11 years.
“This contest is really about reaching out the community, letting people come in and sing with all the proceeds going to a really good cause,” Mittermeier said.
The independent news website VoiceOfBaltimore.org "proudly" lent its name to the competition, after Padonia Station was forced to drop the name "Baltimore Idol."
Read more from VoiceofBaltimore.org's Alan Z. Forman, here.