CAROL STREAM – Carol Stream’s Youth Council is giving local students an opportunity to share their talents at the eighth annual Teen Music Fest.
“This is their event, from start to finish,” said Trustee Matt McCarthy, who serves as adviser for the council.
The event begins at 4 p.m. June 29 at the Ross Ferraro Town Center on the corner of Gary Avenue and Lies Road.
The Youth Council allows groups from neighboring towns to participate in the Teen Music Fest, but most include at least one village resident. At least one participating band member must be younger than 18.
“The Youth Council tries not to leave anyone out,” McCarthy said, noting that typically 5 to twelve groups participate each year. “We really try to let any young band play if we can accommodate them.”
This year’s line-up includes: Mike Consalvo and Jenny Greninger, Jaded State (formerly known as How About No), Yolk, Nick Gaines and group, Nathan Wagner, Make it to Midnight and The Giving Moon.
“I’ve seen most of them perform and they put on a great show,” said Youth Council member Colin McCarthy, who is Trustee McCarthy’s son.
Colin noted that because the council decided to feature fewer groups at this year’s fest, each group will have more time to perform.
“They have been learning their instruments for years and they want to put their music out there and we help them do that,” Colin said.
Refreshments will be sold by Sweet Mornings Cafe and will include smoothies, donuts and sandwiches. Soft drinks, water and Culver’s sundaes will be for sale as well, with all proceeds earmarked for the council’s Stockings for Christmas Sharing project to benefit area needy.
The Music Fest is supported by the village with assistance from the public works and police departments. This year, the Youth Council has received donations from McCarthy, Mayor Frank Saverino, Trustees Mary Frusolone and John LaRocca, Culvers, R&M Printing, Community Auto Body and Sweet Mornings Cafe. Johnson/Echo Entertainment is providing sound.
The council also assists with the Relay For Life, Community-Wide Food Drive and a host of other projects.
“The Council gives a voice to our younger residents and when you give kids the opportunity, they come up with great ideas,” said McCarthy, who started the council in 2005.
In addition to Colin, Youth Council members include Brianna Consalvo, Carline Dayon, Cassidy Brown, Evan Gebhardt, Janki Patel, Joe Tucek, Katelyn Foehner, Matt Czarnecki, Sammy Dayon and Shaun Bueno.
The group meets twice each month at various locations and welcomes all Carol Stream high school students.
For information on how to join the Youth Council contact Trustee McCarthy at 630-871-6250 or MmcCarthy@carolstream.org.