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Culpeper Has Talent moves into season finale

Trystan Manahan is one of the finalists. Photo by Michael Douglas.
Gordon Humphrey grew up in Culpeper. He’s been involved in the music scene for several decades and is passionate about cultivating new talent. He believed, and believes, that Culpeper has its fair share of budding young artists as well as seasoned talent that could benefit from a venue. Thus, the creation of Culpeper Has Talent which made its debut last year to a sold out crowd at the State Theatre when it came time to choosing the winner. This year, Humphrey is at it again and a new crop of enthusiastic performers is set to take the stage. Humphrey appeared recently on “It’s All Local,” produced by Virginia Living Television, a local cable program featuring Culpeper Times editor Anita Sherman and contributor Gary Close as co-hosts.You can go to www.culpepertimes.com to see it.

During that interview, he shared many of his goals for the event which he sees growing with each year. As a fan, Humphrey admits to having his favorites and those he’d like to see rise to the top but he steers clear of involvement in the actual judging which has been honed to a numerical system where contestants are rated on a scale from 1-5 and then scores calculated. With a range of musical offerings from country and Christian rock to hip hop and heavy metal, Humphrey said that this year’s group is very strong with vocals. Semi-finals were held this past Saturday and nine passed muster from a group of 20 to head onto the final round. A popular feature is that fans choose the tenth contestant. That happened Wednesday but too late for press time. The nine are: Agon Musliu, Contending, Get Down Jack, J-Town, Kaylee Hansen, Lee Farrish, Sam Huff, The Moondogs, and Trystan Manahan. Social media is keeping excitement alive as fans rally round their favorites. Finals will be held Saturday, March 28, at the State Theatre at 305 S. Main Street, starting at 8 p.m. Tickets range from $20-30.

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