5-member rock band Radiation Invasion introduced house the large win for Lompoc on Sunday after being declared Battle of the Teenage Band champs at Buellton’s weekend Fall Fest occasion held alongside Avenue of the Flags.
The Cabrillo Excessive College college students — Mars Mohamed, 16, Jair Balderas, 16, Andy Ramirez, 17, Liana Lindsey, 16, and Steven Hubert, 15 — rocked the pageant stage on each Saturday and Sunday in two separate multisong units that gained them a $500 money prize.
“We’re not splitting the cash,” mentioned lead singer Liana, 16, “We’re saving it.”
Echoing the group’s determination, bass participant Andy, 17, defined that the cash would go into “band financial savings” to assist the musicians buy further gear.
Apart from enjoying small native gigs at locations comparable to Lompoc restaurant Eye on I, the pageant efficiency had been the group’s first time performing in entrance of a giant public crowd the place they performed music by artists Amy Winehouse, the Misfits, My Chemical Romance, Speaking Heads, No Doubt and Metallica.
“It was very bizarre,” mentioned lead guitarist Mars, who is also a music instructor at Lompoc’s Certain Sparks Music. “It positively was a brand new expertise.”
Regardless of the practically triple-digit warmth index over the weekend, the kids battled it out with fellow musicians and Santa Barbara rock band Jump Start through the fall festival, which featured dozens of native musicians, headliners and particular performances by famend and out-of-state bands, along with journey points of interest, video games and meals cubicles.
Encouraging youth all over the place impressed by music to only go for it, Mars mentioned, “Get a guitar and simply begin enjoying. There is not any time like the current.”
The band of three years say they’re amped by the win and plan to play one other present within the close to future whereas persevering with to work on authentic songs within the studio.
Lisa André covers way of life and native information for Santa Ynez Valley Information and Lompoc Report, editions of the Santa Maria Occasions.