Teens rock out at library’s jam

With Ben Jackson and Nick Axton opening the afternoon and serving as masters of ceremonies, the Blount County Public Library kicked off the Teen Band Jam on a hot Sunday afternoon last week.

The heat didn’t deter the enthusiasm, however, from performers or the crowd gathered outside the library’s Reading Rotunda. Three groups performed: Terminal Velocity, Perlioni & Rhodes and East Old Topside.

In addition, as with any good jam, the groups often had guests from other groups sit in and sing a song or play a tune with them.

Joan VanSickle Sloan, library’s community outreach coordinator, also awarded the prizes for the Teen Summer Reading Program finale.

Performing in East Old Topside were Chase Sterling on drums, Joel Hollingsworth on guitar/vocals, Michael Livingston on guitar and vocals, David “Cheeto” Smith as lead vocalist and Ian van den Broek on bass.

Perlioni & Rhodes, who admitted to coming up with their duo’s name just for the Jam, featured Jake Perlioni on drums and Casey Rhodes on guitar.

Terminal Velocity featured Casey Rhodes on guitar, Sarah Edwards on guitar, Elijah Dickerson on drums, Lauren Yount on bass and Molly Rochelson as vocalist.

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