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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.

Postponed but not canceled

The Victoria BlockParty, hosted by Lonestar Promotions and Events, was re-scheduled for a date in spring of 2014 because of the expected cold weather. The two-day event was set to include performances by The Scott Taylor Band and Latin singer Hilda Lamas and a battle of the bands competition.

"We wanted to do it the right way," said Bert Jones on Tuesday, who manages the promotions company with his wife, Pamela.

The free event was set to include a number of food and market vendors as well as a kids' zone complete with children's entertainment and face painting.

"We're still going to keep practicing," said Nikko Vallejo, of 24-7. "We want to be ready for when the show goes on."

Check out the show

WHAT: 24-7, Burning Avalanche and Cosmic Wolf

WHERE: Steve-a-reno's, 103 Santa Rosa St., Victoria

WHEN: 9 p.m. Saturday

Meet Burning Avalanche

• Band members:

Garrett Childs - vocals, guitar

Austin Childs - bass guitar

Levi Fox - drums

• Year band formed: 2010

•  Cumulative age: 83

• Genre: Rock

• Sounds like: Queens of the Stone Age, Stooges, Ted Nugent

• Coolest venue to perform at so far: Hangar 13, New Orleans during Mardi Gras

• If Burning Avalanche was a person, its favorite color would be: Purple; we're really into space and the cosmos and philosophy

• Favorite holiday: Independence Day

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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