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Rock Academy students offer up scary good rock tunes at Halloween show

Students from Brookhaven Music and Sound Co. will be sharing some spooky tunes as the annual Rock Academy Halloween show gets underway Saturday at The Haven.

Known collectively as the “Rock Academy,” the students work for weeks practicing songs together as a group. About a dozen students ranging in age from 8 to 19 years old will be performing songs by Green Day, Pink Floyd, Avenged Sevenfold and Metallica. There’s even a Michael Jackson mashup of “Thriller” and “Billy Jean,” said music teacher Greg Smith.

The Haven doors open at 6 p.m. with a costume contest at 6:30 p.m. Prizes will be awarded for the best costumes.

The concert is 7 to 9 p.m.

Admission is $5 at the door for age 13 and up. Concessions will be sold.

Smith said audiences may be impressed at the talent they’ll see and hear on the Haven stage.

“They don’t expect kids of that age to play so well,” he said. “I’ve been playing music here since I was 18 and I’m 35 now. I’ve seen a lot of different bands and there are times where we perform songs at a proficiency that’s greater than some bands I’ve seen live.”

This concert gives them the opportunity to see what it’s like to play in front of a crowd and prepare for a concert.

“That’s more than just performing,” he said. “That’s setting up gear, that’s setting up your amp and your guitar, setting up your drums, and getting the experience of actually playing a gig where they show up and have to be responsible for setting up their things. There’s a lot of real world experience that comes from doing this. It’s more than just playing. It’s good that we give them that and create those opportunities to be able to do that.”

BLT board President Troy Douglas is hoping to fill the seats for this show.

“We just want everybody to come out and support the kids. What Greg is doing with the kids and providing the outlet is a great thing,” he said. “We just wanted to help him make it that much better.”