The Ventnor Coffee Music Showdown ran for six weeks and drew more than 175 bands from five states. This afternoon, the winners of the talent competition - presented by 100.7 WZXL-FM - get their awards in a ceremony/party at Margaritaville Atlantic City.

The long-running contest was broken up into many musical categories, and the sponsors named dozens of individual and band winners.

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But the top three are: Grand Prize/Best of Show -Black Dirty, an Indie band; runner-up, the Laura Cheadle Family Band, a blues act; and SensaMotion Band, reggae.

Ventnor Coffee says the awards include "cash prizes ... custom shirts, record production signing, music-video contract, professional photo shoot and headline gigs."

Margaritaville Atlantic City is at Resorts Casino Hotel, 1133 Boardwalk. For more details, including full list of winners, see

Martin DeAngelis


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