Sarasota library hosts free teen music festival

The third annual Band Bash has five live bands and a DJ, and it's all free

June 12, 2014 

SNAPM Funkadelic Grooves is one of the bands performing at Selby Public Library's third annual Teen Band Bash 6-11 p.m. Saturday. PUBLICITY PHOTO

Two years ago, the Selby Library in Sarasota hosted a free rock festival to celebrate the opening of its new teen center. The show was such a hit that it has become an annual event.

Last year, about 1,500 teens showed up at the library for its Band Bash. Organizers are hoping to break that record this year.

It gets going at 6 p.m. Saturday at the library. It runs pretty much all night -- until 11 p.m. -- and it features five area bands: SNAPM, Pure Organic Trio, Savannah Brady Band, 21 Days Remain and the Anderson Brothers.

There should be something for everyone, because the bands play rock, pop, hip-hop, jazz, heavy metal, alternative and even a bit of country.

In between acts, DJ Joey D will be playing dance music.

If you're a hip-hop fan, and the band's playing country music, you can play Wii, Xbox and PS3 games, try out instruments from Guitar Center and munch on free snacks from of Bob Evans Farm, Jimmy John's, Bob's Boathouse and Panera Bread.

The people at the library say there will be plenty of security on duty, so parents don't have to worry about their teenagers, but kids younger than 12 years old can't get in unless they bring an adult with them.

Details: 6-11 p.m. June 14, Selby Public Library, 1331 First St., Sarasota. Tickets: Free. Information: 941-861-5000, scgov/net/library.

-- Marty Clear

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