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Teen band hits grown-up stage at Steve-a-reno's

By Jessica Rodrigo
Nov. 20, 2013 at 5:20 a.m.

24-7 band members, from left, Courtlyn James "CJ" Bills, Christian Ruiz, Matthew Vallejo and Nikko Vallejo rehearse at the Vallejo brothers' parent's house in Mission Valley.

The band 24-7 is hitting the bar Saturday.

But instead of having a few brews, the group of four teenagers will take the stage at Steve-a-reno's to rock out alongside two Austin rock bands, Burning Avalanche and Cosmic Wolf.

This performance will not be anything new to the 4-year-old band, said lead guitarist Nikko Vallejo, 16.

"We've performed at other bars - like Antone's (Nightclub) in Austin - it's just hard to find rock venues close by for the young," he said.

The band, made up of four teens from Victoria, Port Lavaca and Austin, will take the stage for a set of favorite covers and original works.

The group is comprised of drummer Matthew Vallejo, 14; bassist Christian Ruiz, 17; and newest member and vocalist Courtlyn James "CJ" Bills, 14.

The band has really made a name for itself participating in different competitions. There was the time it was named Band Of The Year in Austin. Then there was the time when it took first place at the Shrimpfest battle of the bands in June. And another time, 24-7 competed in Houston at the House Of Blues.

They've never played at the downtown bar before, but they're looking forward to the opportunity.

"Yeah, we're not adults, and we can't drink, but it's still all fun," he said.

The band plans to take on the show the same way it takes on any of its competition performances - they just want to rock out.

The other bands, Nikko said, are going to bring the house down with a show of rockin' tunes.

"They're some hard rocking guys," he said.

Burning Avalanche frontman, Garrett Childs, 26, is excited about the band's first show in Victoria.

"We just released our EP on Nov. 15, so we're hitting the road and promoting it," he said.

The band's set will include loud, rock music with influences from Queens of the Stone Age and MC5.

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