By Kevin Kelley
Plenty of teens download music from iTunes. But soon some local teens will have their music downloaded from iTunes by others.
The top prize in the first ever Westlake Porter Public Library Battle of the Bands is eight hours of recording time at Playroom Studios in North Ridgeville. One of the winning band’s recordings will be sold on iTunes, Apples online music store.
The runner up receives a $100 gift certificate to the North Olmsted Guitar Center store.
The contest starts at 11 a.m. Friday at the library, located at 27333 Center Ridge Road. The free concert will take place outside, weather permitting. Fans are advised to bring blankets or lawn chairs.
Dempsey Hall, Kyrch Sisters, Lumpia, The Sludge, Texting While Driving and The Triptyx will each play three songs during the first round. The two finalists will then play one song each before a winner is determined.
Contest rules say the bands must consist of local musicians ages 12 to 18.
Carol Mesnick, Porter’s young adult specialist, is organizing the contest.
“This is something that I wanted to do for awhile,” she said. “I’ve always loved rock ‘n’roll music.
“Porter Library has a long history of supporting local musicians,” Mesnick said, referring to the library’s Sunday Sounds and other recital programs.
“We decided we would end our summer reading program with a bang with the Battle of the Bands,” she said.
Judges are Porter Director Andrew Mangels; Oberlin College library and college radio host Tom Hinders; and Roy Hawthorne, Mesnick’s father and retired public school music teacher. Patrick Peralta, 16, said his band, Lumpia, plans to perform songs by Radiohead and Muse.
The band, which consist of Peralta and his brothers John Paul, 14, and Max, 12, plays rock music that’s heavy on instrumentals, he said.
“We sort of play whatever we listen to,” the St. Edward High School student said.
Lumpia has been playing together for about a year and a half, Peralta said. They learned about the Baqttle of the Bands when their mother came home from the library with a contest application, he added.