Smells like teen spirit at The Center Saturday |

Smells like teen spirit at The Center Saturday

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At this year’s Nevada County Fair, The Center for the Arts presented its first Battle the Bands, showcasing some of the area’s best rock-and-roll bands. The winner in the 18-and-under category ­— Bunjee — will headline a concert featuring five local bands including Persist to Rise, Opposition, Wishing Stick and AntiSocial.

Bunjee members are Morgan Victoria Fries on lead vocals, Julian Telles on guitar, Simon Lace on guitar, Kylie Capella on piano, Kehan Wenger on bass and Shendo Lavigne on drums. Fries has written more than 40 songs and is a talented singer. Telles and Lace are both skilled guitarists. Capella is a gifted piano player and multi-instrumentalist. Wenger plays bass for Bunjee and is also a skilled drummer, pianist and guitarist. Lavigne holds the band together on drums.

Persist to Rise features four good friends driven to play original music — Julian Telles and Simon Lace on guitar/vocals, Romain Telles on keyboard/vocals and Kehan Wenger on drums/vocals. Two members came together in the summer of 2011, when Julian Telles and Wenger started to jam and write songs. They were soon joined by Romain Telles on keyboards. Last winter Noah Baughman joined the band on guitar, forming “Above Control”. Later in the year, Lace replaced Baughman on guitar creating a new band — “Persist to Rise.”

Also featured on Saturday night are Opposition, playing pop/punk/alternative/grunge. Members include London Jackson on lead guitar/vocals), Jacob Chatelain on drums and Bobby Trice on bass guitar/vocals.

From Grass Valley, Wishing Stick includes guitarist Dennis Hogan, Cooper Valin on drums and Dwight Struthers on bass playing upbeat rock and roll.

AntiSocial are Max Morrison on vocals, bass guitar, Travis Maffucci also on vocals and lead guitar, James Herlitz on drums, Sierra LaPierre on rhythm guitar. The band plays rock, punk, alt punk and alternative.

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