Big finale for Roxbury

Local band headlines Monday’s Teen Night

By Christina Killion Valdez

For most teens, graduation is a time to say good-bye. For the members of the pop-punk band Roxbury, three of whom recently graduated, that time will come at the Rochesterfest Teen Night.

"This will be our last show as a band before we all head out in different directions," said Luke Porter, keyboardist and vocals for Roxbury. "We planned for this to be the big, last one."


If it’s anything like last year’s event, which Roxbury also played at, it will be.

"Last year there was a really big turn out, probably over 600 people," Porter said. "That was the first time we sold T-shirts and we completely sold out."

This year’s expectations are even higher.

"I am completely impressed by the talent level we have ready to go for this year’s event," organizer Shane Baker said. "I expect this to be our best event yet. We are lucky to have such talented youth who are willing and able to share their skills in this great event."

Among the teens involved this year are hip-hop dancers from several schools as well as the bands Carl’s Hair and Rockology.

Roxbury, which headlines the concert, has been together for almost three years and has played more than 40 shows, including all the local high school battle of the bands and several benefit concerts.

"We’ve probably raised a couple thousand dollars from different shows," Porter said.

That money has gone toward victims of Hurricane Katrina, a mission trip at Holy Sprit Church and care packages to people in Iraq, he said.


Now the bandmates will be spread out from Iowa to the Twin Cities for college.

And while they plan to continue with music, with guitarist Adam Gallenberg considering studying to be an acoustic engineer and Porter looking at business aspect of music, Porter said, "This show is the last hurrah."


Rochesterfest Teen Night

When: 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Monday

Where: First Street and Civic Center Drive Southeast, downtown Rochester

Cost: Free



• Carl’s Hair, an experimental group and winner of this year’s Century Battle of the Bands, will play at 7:10 p.m.

• Rockology, a classic rock band from Century High School, will play at 8 p.m.

• Roxbury, a pop punk band with members from Lourdes, Century and Mayo high schools, will headline the event with a concert at 9 p.m.


• Hip-hop dance performances by the Century 902 Squad, JM Heat, Spartan Shakers and ZSP from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

• Midwest Skate Park Skate Board Team demonstrations from 6 p.m. to 8:45 p.m.


• Four-square tournament will run from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

• A scavenger hunt will run from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Bring a digital camera or camera phone to participate in the hunt. The grand prize is a KRZR phone from Midwest Wireless.


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