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"Mountstock" is ready to rock

Mount St. Mary Academy will hold its firstever "Mountstock" outdoor concert from 6 to 9 p. m. Friday, Oct. 24. This battle of the bands event will feature five of Western New York's best teen bands competing for the top prize of $250. Check out the line-up:

* Pretty/Ugly, comprised of Amherst High School students Jake Bradley, Alex Crumlish, Maxx Davis and Zack Weissman, is an alternative rock band which compares its sound to the Foo Fighters, Jet and Three Doors Down. Check out their Myspace page: myspace.com/prettyugly5.

* The Spooning Cruisers is a ska band made up of students from Canisius High School and St. Joseph's Collegiate Institute. Tony Iannone, Oliver Beardsley, Ben Steinmetz, Matt Mrozinski, and make up this unique band. Listen to some of their music at myspace. com/thespooningcruisers.

* Crossing the Delaware features St. Joe's students Mike Fischer, Anthony Tringalli, Jake Biniszkiewicz, Steve Warner and Alex Zilliox. Members cite All Time Low, Four Year Strong, and Forever the Sickest Kids as some of their musical influences.

* Another band of St. Joe's students, Thief (comprised of Jimmy Meyer, Patrick Hyzy, Christian Dobosiewicz, Italo Oliveira, and Dan Keegan), already has some experience with a battle of the bands. Thief took third place last year at the St. Joseph Collegiate Battle of the Bands, and hopes to succeed at Mountstock as well, with a musical style influenced by the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, and David Bowie.

* Things Fall Apart, an acoustic duo featuring Patrick Hyzy of Thief and Alex Zilliox of Crossing the Delaware, are influenced by the music of Simon and Garfunkel, the Beatles, and the Barenaked Ladies.

This event, which is open to all Western New York high school students, will be held at Mount St. Mary Academy, 3756 Delaware Road, Kenmore. Admission is $10 with a valid high school ID.

Necklaces and tie-dyed shirts, as well as refreshments, will be available for purchase. Gates open at 5:30. Security and chaperones will be present for the entire event. Contact Nora at 380-2242 with any questions.

Chelsea Orcutt is a senior at Mount St. Mary Academy.

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