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High-schoolers take over the airwaves September 2

The local team at The Current has been on kind of a high-school band kick as of late. By chance, we’ve stumbled across some real gems (see: John Mark Nelson and Bomba De Luz), and then realized after the fact that they were making their music between homework assignments and still working toward a diploma.

It’s been inspiring to follow the careers of these young musicians who, in this digital age, are getting well-deserved visibility and accolades in the music community. And oftentimes, we’ve found ourselves dumfounded that people so young are creating works that recall a maturity that implies someone double their age.

So for The Local Show on September 2, we’re hosting a “Back To School” edition: all high-school musicians (or ones who have just graduated and are heading off to their freshman year of college in Minnesota). We want to shine a spotlight on all the up-and-comers that music fans across the state should be listening closely for.

Like we said, though, many of these musicians we’ve only come across by happenstance, and being a wee bit older, we’re not exactly privy to what’s happening at high schools across the metroplex and greater Minnesota.

So give us a helping hand! We’re looking for as many submissions as possible, both physical and digital, to prepare for this special Local Show episode in September. And we need your guidance on what’s hot and happenin’ in the high-school scene.

If you have music to submit, you can e-mail digitals (wavs or mp3s only, please) to Jon Schober at jschober@mpr.org and Andrea Swensson at aswensson@mpr.org. Please include a one-sheet* in the body of the message.

Post is fine as well, and you can mail a hard-copy and one-sheet to the following address:

The Local Show c/o Jon Schober
Minnesota Public Radio
480 Cedar St.
St. Paul, MN 55101

*A one-sheet is a quick list of pertinent information about the artist or band. Short bio, tracklisting, what songs have swears, upcoming show dates and a list of social media sites.