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Teen bands attack summer’s end with DAC concert

Local middle schoolers Riley Donahue, Theo Farnum and Nathan Puckett will perform with their band Crow Canyon at DAC Summer Attack!, an annual teen concert at the Davis Art Center on Saturday, Aug. 20. The concert begins at 5:30 p.m. Courtesy photo

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What: DAC Summer Attack! teen concert

When: 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 20

Where: Davis Art Center, 1919 F St.

Cost: $7 admission plus entry into raffle or $5 for admission to concert only. Food and refreshments will be available for purchase at snack bar.

Info: (530) 756-4100; www.davisartcenter.org

Five teen bands will end their summer vacations on a high note, taking over the Davis Art Center’s indoor stage to present an evening of creative rock ’n’ roll.

The third annual DAC Summer Attack! teen concert takes place at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 20, at 1919 F St. Admission is $7 with entry into a raffle, or $5 without a raffle ticket.

This year singer/songwriter Parie Wood of Sacramento opens the show. Wood plays intricately beautiful folk-punk tunes on the guitar and was a winner at the 2011 JAMMIES — Sacramento News & Review’s high school music awards and showcase.

After Wood, Davis-based Crow Canyon blasts onto the stage, showcasing a potent brand of live rock. This talented and energetic trio from Davis gets the crowd moving with a thumping blend of high-octane originals and covers by favorites like The Who, Green Day and The Beatles.

Crow Canyon members are Riley Donahue (guitar/vocals), Theo Farnum (drums) and Nathan Puckett (lead bass/vocals).

Downhill From Here, an indie rock band, takes the stage next. The band, which played last year, blends the diverse musical tastes of each band member.

Singer and guitarist Nat Lefkoff has a strong foundation in folk-playing, drawing inspiration from Neil Young, The Avett Brothers and others. Lead guitarist Nathan Cenzer contributes a classic rock perspective in the style of Slash and The Edge.

Bassist Simon Rothenberg comes from a metal and funk background. Drummer Jacob Cross uses jazz styling at the kit with rhythms inspired by Buddy Rich, Steve Gadd and Max Roach.

The beloved hometown rockers Uncle Tony are also returning to play DAC Attack for a second time. The group plays upbeat original and classic rock covers with funky grooves and toe-tapping riffs.

Uncle Tony formed in March 2009, starting as a trio consisting of bassist and lead vocalist Spencer Snow, drummer Carson Bernard and guitarist Jason Harris. After playing together in their church’s youth band for about a year, they formed their own rock band and took on the name Uncle Tony.

Jack Davis’ impressive vocal chops became a permanent part of Uncle Tony in February 2010. Most recently, they have featured rapper Chase Bugas (or Lyri-C) in a number of their songs.

Lastly, Roseville-based band Exhale will headline the show. With harmonizing vocalists on all instruments, this talented group of teens creates raw, emotional post-punk with a fierce and invigorating stage presence. Members are Emma Simpson (bass), Orrey Severet (drums), Taylor Wong (guitar) and Joseph Mansfield (guitar).

DAC’s Summer Attack! was partly created in 2009 as a response to Davis’ shortage of all-ages live music venues. In Davis, many of the teen indie/rock shows are in residential homes, at special events or must be acoustic-based.

“The creators of DAC Summer Attack! hope to change this dilemma by providing local kids with a Davis stage every summer — and paying them,” an Art Center spokeswoman said. Admission collected at the door will be split evenly among all bands and the Art Center, which will use its share to cover energy and publicity costs for the concert. Any remaining funds will be applied to the Art Center’s youth programs.

The Davis Art Center is an arts-education nonprofit organization. The center at 1919 F St. specializes in community-oriented classes, gallery exhibits and events for all ages. For more information, call (530) 756-4100.

Melanie Glover

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