On January 29th the Visalia Parks and Recreation Department was proud to present six outstanding contestants at the 2011 Next Guitar Hero Contest. With host Dave Metty leading the way, the performers hit the COS Theater stage to perform in front of the packed audience. Contestants performed 2 songs each in both acoustic and electric styles in front of the judges Carlos Rodriguez and Michael Rodriguez. Connor Huckubay was named this year’s winner after brilliant performances including a 1960’s acid-rock classic, “Born Under a Bad Sign.” This was Connor’s third time performing in the competition, and as the saying goes, third time is a charm! Jonathan Sosa came in a close second, and Laurent Mendoza finished in third. Other contestants included Rueben Figueroa, Brandon Howard and Daniel Myerstein.