CATAWISSA — Three Valley musical acts will be in the spotlight at tonight’s Catawissa Battle of the Bands, the sixth in a series of annual concert events.
Michaela Wagner, of Beaver Springs; Alexandra Scott, of Lewisburg, both solo performers, and the Covert Express rock band, of Lewisburg, will all be playing four to five songs, each set comprised of an original composition and covers.
Scott, 18, has been spending most of the last year concentrating on her studies at Alfred University, Alfred, N.Y.
“The school is located in a small town, which I like. And much to my surprise, I found out there is a very vibrant local music scene in this part of New York,” Scott said, “Whenever there has been an open mic night, I’ve performed.”
Scott also has a facebook page and a twitter account to keep her fans updated with news of her music.
“I love to perform, and last year I did well — tied for first — at the Catawissa Teenage Battle of the Bands,” she said. “Some of the organizers asked if I wanted to perform this year and I said yes. I had such a good time last year, why not?”
Scott’s extraordinary sweet voice and tasteful guitar work will be on full display for about 15 minutes tonight, the total allotted time for a solo performer, she said. She is scheduled to take the stage about 7:40 p.m.
“I’ll do one original song and three or four covers,” she said.
Her influences include some of the coolest female performers on the net, such as Kate Nash and Gabrielle Aplin.
Wagner, who turns 16 in June, has been performing in public “for about 10 years,” she said.
She accompanies herself on piano. “I don’t come from a particularly musical family,” she confessed. “I started singing in public when I was 6. Now, whenever I get the chance, I’ll take the stage.” You can catch her on You Tube, just search for MKWsings.
Some of her influences are Carrie Underwood, Coldplay and Lana Del Rey. But Wagner has developed a style and pitch all her own. For those wanting to hear her set, all Wagner could say was, “I’m closing the show. I don’t know when I’ll be on.”
It’s her first time playing at the Battle of the Teenage Bands.
Not so for Covert Express, who played last year. The band is Ryder Winans, lead guitar; Jake Roman, bassist; Jacob Logan, rhythm guitar, and Ian Seasholtz, drums, and they all attend Lewisburg Area High School.
“That’s where we met,” Winans said. “We got together a few years ago and we’ve gotten stronger and tighter ever since.” One of the band’s strengths is its diverse influences and tastes.
“Some of us like the Black Keys, others the Smashing Pumpkins,” Winans said. “Our tastes change, but our music is getting better as a group.”
The band plays whenever it can. “We often play at the Relay for Life in Lewisburg,” he added, which takes place this weekend.
Today, The Teenage Battle begins at 6:30 p.m. at Cara Park, South Fourth Street, Catawissa.
The rain location is Catawissa Fire Company, also on South Fourth Street.