Originally Published: December 1, 2016 7:48 p.m.
Addictions Bar and Grill will begin hosting a unique opportunity for local talent and audiences starting Saturday, Dec. 3.
Every Saturday night for at least the next three months there will be a variety show/talent competition called Prescott Has Talent.
Similar to an open mic, anyone of any age looking to share a talent of theirs in a friendly setting may show up to Addictions Bar and Grill, 1590 Swenson St., in Prescott on one of these Saturdays and perform a 15- to 30-minute routine.
Once a group of performers on a given Saturday finish their routines, any customers at Addictions Bar and Grill will be asked to vote on which performance they liked the best.
Finalists will be awarded prizes, which will vary from week to week.
Local musician Christian Berry came up with the idea when chatting with the owner of Addictions Bar and Grill, JaLene Gathman. More specifically, they were talking about how to engage the community and provide an outlet for new local talent during the typically slow winter months.
“In the winter months, the whole entertainment thing in Prescott kind of slows way down almost to the point of coming to a screeching halt,” Berry said.
“Everywhere in town has live entertainment and it’s usually the same few groups that travel to different places, so I wanted to do something fresh and a little different,” Gathman said.
Berry will be serving as the primary host for most of the shows, but he will have a different celebrity co-host with him almost every week to help manage the events and provide constructive criticism to the performers.
Each show will go from 5 to 8 p.m. Those wishing to perform should show up to Addictions Bar and Grill around 4 p.m. the day of the event to sign up, Berry said.
Any variety of performer is invited, including magicians, comedians, jugglers, singers, musicians and ventriloquists.
“What we’re trying to find are those people who are just starting out or have a lot of potential with a given talent,” Berry said. ““It’s all geared to give whoever is competing a boost up in their careers and help them build some confidence.”