Save the date! Saturday, January 20 in Murphys. CAMS, the Calaveras Arts and Music Show, formerly known as the “Cammies,” celebrates the artists and actors of our MotherLode area with recognition awards for their outstanding service in performing, rehearsing, recording, promoting, producing, and entertaining within our community this past year. These recognition awards have become the pinnacle of pride, and the honor has shown up in bios, press releases, and promotional material of the past winners. This year, the event has been moved to Murphys, the Queen of the Sierra, to the coveted and upscale Murphys Creek Theater. The awards will include accomplishments in music, dance and theater. There will be a star performance from each category backed up by our house band leader, Rod Harris. The presentation is created by entertainment veterans teamed up with CCTV to produce a TV show for our public broadcast stations. Audio will be broadcast live on the internet radio station, Copperopolis.rocks, and there is a plan to gain commercial TV news coverage.
The Murphys Hotel will host a pre-show green room press conference in their ballroom for nominee and guest celebrity interviews, inviting journalists to gather for the hospitality. Before entering the theater, there will be a Red Carpet photo opportunity. Seats are limited to 100 and will be sold in three blocks: first block will be offered to the artist; second block to the sponsors; and third block to the general public. Tickets will be offered through Eventbrite once released.
Sponsors are being sought through participating Business Associations, making this a full-scale community event supported by business association members, neighboring businesses, and by community Artists themselves. Several local establishments will be hosting after-party concerts, including a special star-studded exclusive performance at the Murphys Irish Pub at 12:00 Midnight.
An important part of this event is the inclusion of the annual “Kids Looking for Unwanted Instruments” campaign where neighbors find their unused instruments for donation to the Murphy School of Music. Those valued instruments will be endowed during the show by the school to individual deserving students interested in pursuing their own future in music.
Each year, a theme song is attached to our message. Last year, it was “Peace, Love and Understanding” by Nick Lowe. This year, the song is “Everybody Get Together” by The Youngbloods. This finale song will be performed by an onstage assembly of award winners.
We are currently compiling nominations for the 49 Award winners. We are also looking for a few good volunteers to help and to offer up their great ideas, and we are seeking members of the Public who are like-minded in our endeavor willing to Donate to keep our mission alive.
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