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Teen talent celebrated

Teen Party in the Park welcomes all; admission free
By: Bruce Warren Journal Staff Writer
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Tip the Waitress and Fall From Grace are just two of the 12 bands performing Saturday in the “Fallin Festival – Teen Party in the Park.” Music is scheduled to start at 1 p.m. and continue until 7 p.m. at the ARD sponsored event in Auburn’s Recreation Park. “We are pleased to provide a chance for local teens to secure a venue to showcase their talent and have an opportunity to perform in front of a live audience,” said Sheryl Petersen, ARD recreation services manager. “This event has been two years in the planning. This is the most bands we’ve had at one event. We are very proud of the program we have been able to put together as well as the spectacular park we have the Fallin Festival staged in.” The public, not just teens, are welcome and there is no admission charge for the festival. The Fallin Festival features the most bands ever assembled for an ARD event, and two stages will be made available. Battle of the Bands held in June at the Gold Country Fair Grounds had six bands and was won by Squires, who will play Saturday. Tip the Waitress, which played under the name Aisle 6 at Battle of the Bands, also will belt out some tunes at the festival. Organizer and publicist Dan Kajimura played a key role in bringing the groups together. “Most of them have CDs or they have demos,” Kajimura said. “We are going to have everything from solo artists, singer-songwriters, metal rock, blues rock and rock ‘n’ roll. We have alternative rock ‘n’ roll and alternative metal.” Not only do the bands bring a wide variety of music, musicians come from different areas. “It will be a little bit of everything,” Kajimura said. “We have performers from Auburn, Colfax, Grass Valley, Lincoln, El Dorado Hills, Folsom, Cool, Roseville and Sacramento. This is a kickoff for kids to get together and enjoy some music during some real nice weather.” With 12 bands scheduled, each will only get to perform for about 30 minutes of concentrated playing. “There will be continuous music from 1 to 7,” Petersen said. Providing some of that music will be the band Aurelia with most members from Colfax. Jesse Wright, lead guitar player, Josiah Hejny, lead vocals, Ben Browne, bass and vocals, Andrew Windle, drums, and Amanda Windle on keyboards are scheduled to be the first group to step onto stage one at 1 p.m. “We play alternative rock and some harder breakdowns,” Wright said. “We put out a good message for our music.” Over on stage two, World to Be unleashes its first song at 1:30. The group includes Auburnites John Wynn, guitar, Zac Hill, lead vocals and guitar, Kevin Ross, drummer, Aaron Hill, keyboards and vocals, and Sean Kopeki on bass. “We play progressive metal,” Wynn said. “We will play the same set we played at Club Retro in Orangeville.” The Lions Club will be selling hamburgers, hotdogs and soft drinks, while an outside vendor will sell ice cream. Teens will also have the opportunity to determine future events. “ We will have signup sheets for teens who are interested in becoming part of the planning team to bring events and programs for all teens in the greater Auburn area,” Petersen said. _________________________ Teen Party in the Park Fallin Festival When:1-7 p.m. Saturday Where: Recreation Park, 123 Recreation Drive Cost: Free Information: (530) 885-8461 Schedule of Bands For Fallin Festival Stage One Aurelia – 1 p.m. A Tree Falls – 1:40 p.m. Athanasia – 2:30 p.m. Squires – 3:30 p.m. Tip the Waitress – 5 p.m. Rocky Kajimura – 6 pm. Stage Two World to Be – 1:20 p.m.. Shot Blast – 2 p.m. Soul Distortion – 3 p.m. Josiah James – 4:30 p.m. Autumn Sky – 5:30 p.m. Fall From Grace – 6:30 p.m.