Local Band Penguin Teeth Kicks Off Rhythm and Ribs Festival April 15 | Events

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Local Band Penguin Teeth Kicks Off Rhythm and Ribs Festival April 15
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Local Band Penguin Teeth Kicks Off  Rhythm and Ribs Festival April 15

Local youth band Penguin Teeth will kick off this years Rhythm and Ribs festival to be held Friday, April 15, through Sunday, April 17, at the St. Francis Field in St. Augustine.  Penguin Teeth are scheduled to play from 5:00 to 6:30 pm on Friday evening and will perform their classic rock/blues style music of both electric and acoustic pieces.  The band is comprised of St. Augustine teens Bjorn-James Hanrahan, Christian Powers, both 15, and Evan Ellison, 14.    The event is the annual fundraiser held by the Sunshine Rotary Club which features musical entertainment, ribs and other outstanding cuisine and activities. North Florida’s own JJ Gray/Mofro will headline the event, playing Saturday night at 8:30 pm.  Many other fine artists and bands are also scheduled to perform.

The young musicians are currently in the process of recording their first CD featuring their first eight original songs written, collaborated and performed by all three youths.  Penguin Teeth was the winner of the Murray Middle School Battle of the Bands for both 2010 and 2011. The band has been playing together for just two years and has already played at many local events and music festivals and plays out regularly at various local establishments, special events and parties.

Hanrahan, lead guitarist and vocalist is the son of Barb and Jim Hanrahan and is a sophomore at St. Augustine High School enrolled in the Center for the Arts/Guitar, AICE and Aeronautics programs. Powers, drummer and vocalist, is the son of Amy and Chris Powers and is a freshman at SAHS enrolled in the Center for the Arts/Chorus and AVID programs. Ellison, bass guitarist and vocalist, is the son of Shainee and Matt Ellison and is a home-schooled eighth-grader who plans to attend SAHS Center for the Arts next year as well.  

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