Think you could be the next Idol?

Dunwoody Preservation Trust’s Lemonade Days in partnership with Dunwoody Crown Towers, Peachtree Rides, and the city of Dunwoody is excited to debut Dunwoody Idol, Dunwoody’s own singing competition.

With the final season of that ubiquitous music competition airing on television this spring, many young singers are yearning to get their start and find their place in the music world. Local music teacher Mark Gallegos realized that; and in concordance with planning the music lineup for the annual Lemonade Days he created Dunwoody Idol.

A singing competition for residents 25 and under, Dunwoody Idol will debut this April at Lemonade Days. Finalists will be competing on the main stage on Saturday night, in between the two leading musical acts.

“It just kind of popped into my head,” Gallegos said. “I’m trying to make the stage a community event.” Most bands he has slated to play are local bands and singers, from both Dunwoody and the surrounding areas of Buckhead, Decatur, and Sandy Springs.

“Lots of talented performers don’t get the chance to get up and do their thing,” said Gallegos, and as a result the idea for Dunwoody Idol was born.

There are several ways to enter. Video yourself singing your best song; those videos should then be sent to Mark, via email (address below). Links to YouTube videos are also permissible. The recordings will be viewed by Mark and other qualified judges, and the best 10 will be chosen to compete against each other, one song each. April 5 is the deadline for the mid-month competition, and selectees will be announced no later than April 8. Competitors can perform a Capella or with a recorded track, piano, guitar or other stringed instrument.

With nostalgic food, local artists, and new features like Dunwoody Idol, Lemonade Days 2016 is poised to impress more than ever before. For more information, visit and click on the Live Music tab or email Mark Gallegos,, with any questions.

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