Hot August Country Vocalist Competition
The Hot August Country Vocalist Competition is an annual event hosted by West Coast Country Music Association to find the best country, gospel, and bluegrass performers in the state of California. Held at the Promenade mall in Temecula, this competition gives artists the opportunity to compete in a large public venue that offers great exposure for California’s talented performers. The winning vocalists in each category represent the state of California and WCCMA for the next year. The top two vocalists in each category are eligible to represent the state of California and the West Coast Country Music Association at the North American Country Music Associations, Int’l (NACMAI) competition. The NACMAI competition is held March every year in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. Winners that choose to go to the NACMAI competition are also included in our Nashville Experience trip and are featured at the Winners’ Concert and Chili Cook-off, as well as our Front Porch Concert.
Front Porch Concert
The Front Porch Concert has become an annual event for our WCCMA performers. In conjunction with Old Town Temecula Western Days. Staged on the “Front Porch” of the Merc at the Old Town Temecula Community theater, WCCMA member/performers are given the opportunity to strut their stuff at the biggest “country” themed event in the heart of Old Town Temecula.
Chili Cook Off and Benefit Concert
The Winners Concert and Chili Cook-Off and Apple Pie Bake-Off is the WCCMA’s largest fundraiser to help our Nashville Bound performers raise the money for the NACMAI Competition and Nashville Experience. It has quickly become a favorite because of the fantastic performances and the AMAZING chili!!!The trophy and $100.00 prize for the best chili pales in comparison to having the bragging rights of having the BEST chili in the WCCMA.
The North America Country Music Associations, Int’l® was formed May 17, 1997, by Peggy Franck “to promote the development of the Country/Gospel Music Industry in each state and country through an International Association.” They promote and inform members of the industry and the public about resources available in the various states and countries for country/gospel music production. This is accomplished by bringing together the various state/international country music associations and/or foundations in an organized method.
By presenting the opportunity to compete before state and international country music industry personnel, NACMAI has been able to carry out their mission to discover, showcase, and promote emerging and aspiring country/gospel/bluegrass music artists.
Each state/country is required to host an annual competition and awards show for these aspiring artists with the understanding that the top two winners of the various categories will compete in regional runoffs, with the winners representing their respective states/countries at the national/international finals.
Schedule During Competition Week
Tuesday: NACMAI competition starts for California performers. We support each of our performers by attending their performances. During the evenings, we attend shows and attractions and the evening jam sessions at the host hotel.
Saturday: NACMAI workshops and Hall of Fame Show
Sunday: NACMAI Awards Show
Monday: Go home 🙂