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WNY Band To Showcase Blues Talent In Memphis

11:02 PM, Jan 6, 2011   |    comments
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NORTH BOSTON, NY (WGRZ) -- Four Western New York teenagers who share a love for "Blues" music are heading to Memphis, Tennessee. The teens were recently nominated by the Western New York Blues Society to showcase their musical talents in one of the biggest music competitions of the year.

The teens all play in the band named "4-in Tune" and they've been rockin' the blues together for about 2-years now. "4-in Tune" features 17-year old Evan Laedke, the lead singer and keyboardist. 18-years olds Zen Maciejewski, on bass and vocals and Peter Brady, on drum and vocals. 19-year old Jim O'Brien rounds out the group on guitar. A fifth member, 21-year old Owen Eichensehr is too old to participate in the Youth Showcase.

"We have a lot of chemistry together obviously," says Brady. "We're very good together so it's kinds, kinda works well."

Laedke explains how the group was nominated to take part in this year's International Blues Challenge by the Western New York Blues Society.

"When we played for them at a, it was called Blue Thursday. It was one of their concerts and it was like their board meeting and they, so they nominated us right then an there, so we're really appreciative of them."

More than 200 bands from all over the world will compete in the Challenge during the first week of February. "4-in Tune" will get to showcase their talents in the competition's youth division in front of blues fans and industry professionals.

Channel 2's Patrick Moussignac sat in on the band's practice Wednesday night to hear about the band's expectations.

Patrick Moussignac: "Are you looking for a record deal?"

Zen Maciejewski: "That would be fantastic"

Jim O'Brien: "I don't know if I want to sign anything, but I just like to network with people and see if I can play with some other musicians and see what I can get out of it."

Evan Laedke: "It's gonna be neat seeing bands from all over the world at the same caliber as we are so that's neat."

As far as their choice of music the band wants Western New Yorkers to know one thing.

"Blues is still alive, really because aside from what over 40, we see all these people over 40," says Brady. "We're the only ones that are young playing the blues still, so that's a testament to itself."

This Saturday, the band is hosting a CD Release Party as well as a Memphis Bound Fundraiser, at Club Paradise in Blasdell. Proceeds will help offset some of the traveling costs. For more information on "4-in Tune," or about the International Blues Challenge check out their myspace page.

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