I was invited by my 12-year-old daughter to go see a group of her classmates play a rock concert at 'Tantalizing Tanning Salon' in Lake Oswego on Saturday night, and wow, I was blown away.
I walked in and the kids on stage were all less than 4 feet tall, except the drummer. These amazing little musicians of 'Wet Pig' were 10 years old but were rocking out like pros. Adorable Jeric was doing guitar solos with the guitar behind his neck and was head banging and playing that guitar at a level that would make Dave Navarro proud. These kids wrote these cute 'Mini-Metallica' songs about things like not wanting to do their homework and wanting to 'go play.' The vocals of Darius sounded like he should be an opening act for Van Halen. Then there was 10-year-old Omar on bass and pro drummer big brother Jake. All are amazingly talented kids and truly entertaining. Adorable little blond-haired Jeric was so tiny that he could barley make it back up on stage after doing a guitar solo in the audience - and his 'healthy' cookies with whole wheat flour and Nutra-sweet were so tasty that they could be served at Lake Oswego's finest restaurants.
The headline band 'ScarletVayne' came on and were even more amazing. These 8th grade Lake Oswego kids should be headlining at 'Oz Fest' or winning the 'Next Great American Band.' Jake on drums played at a level that would make John Bonham proud. Beautiful Jasmine on vocals had theatrics and a voice that was reminiscent of the amazing 70s women rockers, and she is only 13 years old. Joey on bass and Julian on lead guitar rounded out this old school hard core metal band. These kids represent some of the youngest, finest talent that I have ever seen or heard. If you closed your eyes, you would think you were hearing rockers and were surrounded by a crowd of 10,000 people; these kids were that good.
Please, come out and support these amazing kids and hear this awesome music next Saturday night at the Java Jam concert at the Lake Oswego Parks and Rec Ballroom at the east end of the old Safeco Building at 4101 Kruse Way in Lake Oswego, beginning at 8 p.m. You won't be disappointed.
Kristy Neubo is a resident of Lake Oswego.