Frankie Hernandez and Old Souls Parade win Rising Stars' third round

Frankie Hernandez

VIDEO and RELATED STORIES — Singer, songwriter and guitarist Frankie Hernandez, bass player Jacob Ackerman and drummer Noah Braga played an upbeat set of fresh, original music to a packed house Saturday, Feb. 15, at South Stage Cellars, winning the third round of Rising Stars' annual music competition.

"We create the music — its style and its sound — as we go," Hernandez says, who also plays horn and other instruments. Even as just a trio, we're always looking for ways to make the music sound fuller."

The semifinals will continue Saturday, Feb. 22, with folk-rock band Ryan Vosika and his Banditos Yanquis, The Tin Man Project and Cee Cee James and her blues band. Audiences can vote for their favorite bands or musicians by purchasing votes for $2 each. Proceeds will benefit Britt's music education programs. Admission to the events is free.

Each round's winner will be posted to, and South Stage Cellars on Facebook.

The finals will be held Saturday, March 1, at the Britt Pavilion, 350 First St., with the winner chosen by a combination of public votes and a panel of judges.

The winning band or musician will be featured as an opening act during Britt Festivals' 2014 season of outdoor concerts and will perform live in the studio at Jefferson Public Radio.