Creating teenage rock stars

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Unless they play at prom or graduation, or someone is creative enough to throw a concert in their basement or garage, there aren't many venues for teenage bands in Routt and Moffat counties.

That's why you probably have not heard of bands such as Tables Turn, Tied for Last or Noise Pollution.

But when it was announced that the Battle of the Bands, organized by the city of Steamboat Springs Teen Programs and the Steamboat Pilot & Today's Teen Style, was going to happen for a second year in a row, eight bands came out of the woodwork.

A few are returning from last year -- Random Acts of Kindness from Craig and Blacklist, billed in 2004 as Stonewall.

Some of the members of Always will return this year as a new punk/emo band called Tied for Last, and members of a band called Abstract, which formed days before last year's battle, are returning this year as the Bad as Blues Band.

The rest of the lineup is Shottie; the punk band Tables Turn, from Craig; No Blitz, a self-described "rock/punk/country/rain dance" band from Craig; a band from Parker that promises to have a name by the time it gets on stage; and the youngest band yet -- a group of 13- and 14-year-olds -- called Noise Pollution.

The Battle of the Bands will be judged by a panel of community volunteers -- Tim Cunningham, bass player for the Steamboat Jazz Quartet; Kip Strean, production director at KIDN/KFMU; Paulie Anderson, co-owner of The Local; Oak Creek musician and piano/drum/guitar teacher Cary Kamperschroer; and Doug Mouton, drummer for The Plagiarists.

The music starts at 9 p.m. today, but people who want to see the first band should show up early. Money for the event comes from an allocation to the city of Steamboat Springs Teen Programs from the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Division of Colorado. For the same reason, the event is an alcohol- and drug-free event. Do not bring alcohol or come intoxicated.

The bands will be competing for a trophy created and donated by the Steamboat Springs High School industrial arts classes, a gig at Mahogany Ridge Brewery and Grill, airtime on KIDN and a four-song, studio-recorded CD donated by Big Idiot Productions.

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