By Emily Yao:
For students who are serious about music and aspire to be musicians, the Hurricane Music Festival Auditions is the perfect opportunity for bands to demonstrate musical talent. Auditioning groups get a chance at playing at the actual festival on May 12 at Mitchell Park. Created by musician Steffan Salas and the Teen Arts Council, this is the first year the event has been held. According to the council, the event was created to fill the lack of representation from Bay Area bands.
The auditions will be hosted by the Teen Arts Council on Mar. 10 at the Lucie Stern Center. For the audition, band members must be between 14 through 19 years of age. The band must perform two songs and one of them must be an original song. A wide range of music genres are acceptable, including rock, funk, jazz and heavy metal.
A four-person committee will pick out the six best bands based on how original, confident and musically engaging they are. “What I’m most looking forward to is hearing a group of musicians start to play together and not being able to take that smile off my face, stop my foot from tapping up and down or nodding my head,” Salas said.
Junior Timmy Linetsky and senior Ty Mayer will be auditioning together as a duet. According to Linetsky, he is definitely looking forward to the auditions because it will be the first time he and Mayer will perform with each other. “We’ve been working on a few songs and they’re coming together nicely,” Linetsky said. “It’ll be an interesting combination of both of our styles.”
Because this is the first time the Teen Arts Council have organized this festival and audition process, Salas is looking forward to watching all the bands audition and the end result of the music festival. “I’m definitely excited to hear how each artist differentiates their sound not only in their original composition, but also their cover of another artist,” Salas said. Teen Arts Council Coordinator Zillah Glory is also excited to discover talented musicians. “We’re looking forward to meeting anyone who is fearless and ready to play, to shake things up, to make some beautiful noise and to remind people that music is so much better than what’s in the Top 40,” Glory said. “I am personally hoping to see teen bands that could go toe-to-toe with anyone and still bring the party home.”