The OC Music Awards is an annual event providing exposure and recognition to musicians from world-famous Orange County, CA. Now in its eighth consecutive year, and calendared for Saturday April 4, 2009 at The Grove of Anaheim, CA, the awards have a new front-man spearheading the efforts. Martin Brown has passed the torch to Luke Allen – owner of Gemini Studios. Local OC venues will host free weekly Tuesday showcases leading up to the event beginning January 6th through March 10th. Finals for the two live categories – Battle of the Bands and Acoustic Showcases – will be held the last weekend in March just before the awards. For more info check out www.ocmusicawards.com.