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by YOU!

Teen bands wanted ROCK THIS! at Rock the Bock

One very talented teen band is going to walk away with a $500 cash prize as winner of the first-ever Rock THIs! battle of the bands, presented by Forsyth Technical community college, during Rock the Block.

The contest is open to any band whose members are in high school or middle school. But hurry: entries must be received by Aug. 30!

competing bands will have 15 minutes to play up to three songs at Rock the Block with chris Paul, the end-of-summer street festival sept. 18 in downtown Winston-salem. Audience members will vote by text message.

Jennifer John is organizing Rock THIs!

“We’re looking for bands that play any kind of rock music — modern rock, alternative rock, indie rock, country rock or punk rock,” she said. “We’ve been wanting to offer teens something special at Rock the Block. When we decided to move Rock the Block to a saturday this year, we realized we could put together a great battle of the bands.”

competing bands will be organized into preliminary rounds that will play during the afternoon. The winners of the preliminary rounds will then go head to head (and band to band) in a prime-time finale at 9 p.m.

entering bands must submit three songs, a band photo and parental consent forms for musicians 17 or younger. complete rules, forms and submission details are at entries can be mailed or hand-delivered.

“Rock THIs! is open to any teen band in the area, be in Winston-salem or Greensboro or Wilkesboro or Burlington,” John said. “We want as many bands as possible to apply so we can put on a battle of the bands that offers some really great music for the crowd at Rock the Block.”

E-mail Jennifer John at JenniferJ@