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Posted on: September 13, 2019


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SouthNEXT Festival in association with SOPAC announces the first ever:
The most amazing talent around
Saturday October 19, 2019

SOMA’s GOT CRAZY TALENT will celebrate and enjoy the exceptional talents of our neighbors. But this is not just any open mic night. This is the opportunity for you (and your friends) to bring out your various and incredible talent and show it off at the South Orange Performing Arts Center (SOPAC) on a Saturday night in front of a friendly and appreciative audience.

The grand prize winner will take home a $500 Amazon Gift Card. Second prize is 2 tickets to a SOPAC show plus a $75 certificate to Jackie & Son restaurant. Third prize is a $50 gift certificate to Sparkhouse Toy store. 

We’re putting out a call for people who are Crazy Talented: people who can sing, dance, or play musical instruments like nobody’s business! 

AND people who Have A Crazy Talent:  Like People who can solve a Rubik’s cube in under two seconds, or juggle knives while riding a unicycle! 

Either way, we want SOMA’s most crazy talented people to show their stuff at SouthNEXT on Saturday, October 19th!

To apply to perform, performers should go to and upload a short one-minute video of their talent before September 21st. 

Semi-finalists will be chosen, and the SOMA community will log-on to upvote their favorites, and whittle it down to the top finalists!

The top contestants will perform their talent at SouthNext at SOPAC on Saturday night, October 19th in front of a live audience with celebrity judges including Promoter/Musician Mike Griot and South Orange Village President Sheena Collum, and more. Our super talented and fun Emcees for the night will be Josie Rose Roberts and Ricky Presaud jr. Stay tuned for further announcements.

  • Submit one-minute video clip from now to September 21st
  • Upvote for your favorite contestants at  from September 22nd to October 1st

And come root for the craziest talent in SOMA live at SouthNext October 19th!

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