The FREE VIRTUAL815 Rising Stars talent show is premiering at 6:30 p.m. on Feb 27 via a link at goldenappleofrockford.com. The community can vote for their favorite performers through donations to Golden Apple Foundation. The top act wins a trophy and $500 in cash.
Viewing of the show and voting for performers begins on February 27 at 6:30 p.m. through Saturday March 6.
The Top 21 Acts:
Natalie Abramat – theatrical singer with pianist Mrs. Andersen
Ben Bathje – magician with his East High School principal assisting
Aria Beert - singer and musician from Rockford Lutheran High School and Rockford Music Academy
Zack Percell - magician from TnZ Magic
Samantha Bonzi - theatrical singer
Chloe Broshous – lyrical dancer
Georgia Buhl, Kayleigh Ratzlaff, Elif Ozkok – Winter Wonderland Cake bakers and Marshall Middle school students
Bronson Campell – singer and guitar player from Auburn High
Sophie Ellis, Grace Hunt, Ella Lakey, Emi Manaligod, Lauren Parada – Rockford Dance Co. dancers; choreographer: Morgan Carlson
Kerigen Hoffman – lyrical dancer from Pecatonica
Clark Kelly - singer and guitar player
Joslynn Labak - lyrical dancer; choreographer Theresa Northrup
Jordan Lindvall – singer and pianist
Audrey Lou - rapper and singer
Minimal band – Gregg DeCarlo, Leanne Leonard and Zach DeCarlo
Kristina Puzin - 14 year old singer and pianist from Auburn High
Logan Tillmon – soulful singer from Rockford
Jennifer Walker & Ivy – dog trainer and chihuahua saved from a dumpster
Jate Worathepnuthas - harmonica player
Aleyna Yaylaci - 11 year old pianist from Marshall Middle School
Max Zubic - one man band and musician from Hononegah High
The 815 Rising Stars show has the support of our local legends during an exciting pre-show beginning at 6:30 p.m. with performances and inspiring messages from Emily Bear, Jodi Beach, Chris Brady, Harlan Jefferson, Alonzo Russell and Rockford’s poet laureate Christine Swanberg.
This event was created by a group of Golden Apple teachers and the funds raised will support Golden Apple programming, including teacher grants that provide resources to support teachers' and students' needs during the pandemic. Thank you to our sponsors Wendy’s, Larson & Larson Builders, Ceroni Piping, Atlas Metal Pros, Fitzgerald Equipment, Redd Insurance Group - Meemic, WTVO and Fox 39.