Live music has always been a part of Leprechaun Days. But when

Rosemount's annual citywide summer festival begins late this month, there will be a live music event brought in specifically for teens.

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In years past, one of the comments Leprechaun Days organizers have

heard is that the festival needs to cater more to teens. There's

plenty of family-oriented events and entertainment, and there's

certainly a lot of attractions for children. So organizers are

bringing a pair of up-and-coming bands to a new stage that will be

set up in the Big Daddy's parking lot in downtown Rosemount.

if you're a teen, odds are pretty good you've heard of the band Throw the Fight. The Minneapolis-based rock group was voted as one of 10 unsigned bands to keep an eye on in 2006 by Alternative Press magazine. Throw the Fight's E.P "The Fire Within," produced by World Record Productions, was released last month. World Record productions has produced albums by such bands as Mudvayne and Soul Asylum.

Throw the Fight will headline a Leprechaun Days show created

specifically for teens. They will follow a performance by fellow

up-and-coming band Silent Keep.

The concert is scheduled from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday, July 22 in the

Big Daddy's Diner parking lot, near the intersection of 145th Street and South Robert Trail. Tickets are $8 in advance and $10 the day of the show. Tickets can be purchased at Big Daddy's Diner, Dunn Bros.

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"The idea of bringing in a few bands for a show teens would really be into came up and then we got hooked up with the people at Big Daddy's Diner," said Scott Sijan, who has helped pull the new event together.

"We happened to have a connection with one of the guys in the

headlining band and were able to make it happen.

"It's not like these two bands are unknowns," he said. "Both of them have been building followings and they are enjoying a good amount of success. We think this is going to be a hit for teens at Leprechaun Days this year."

Sijan said he and the other organizers of the event have been trying to generate as much exposure as possible. They have posted

promotional signs around Rosemount advertising the concert. They have done the same in neighboring communities, in hopes of drawing the largest crowd possible.

"People have been asking for more teens events and we wanted to fill that need," Sijan said. "This will further help create a well-rounded venue."

Pulling an event of this magnitude together has ben a challenge, but the details are now falling into place, according to Sijan. Sound equipment has been rented, insurance has been secured and a stage will be brought in. The Big Daddy's Diner parking lot will be transformed into a live music venue on Saturday, July 22.

About Throw the Fight

Throw The Fight is an aggressively driven five-piece rock band

hailing from Minneapolis. By combining many styles of music from punk and metal to classic rock, Throw The Fight is sure to please even the most jaded listener. Combining intricate and heavy riffs with solid beats and airtight vocal harmonies, Throw The Fight takes music to a higher level.

Always trying to define their identity in the "it's already been

done" world of music, the members of Throw The Fight are holding

their heads high and are bringing a self-proclaimed modern rock sound to various venues around the country. They were selected in the Ernie Ball Battle of the Bands to play the Vans Warped Tour in 2003 and 2005. TTF were also semi-finalists in the 2004 Zippo Hot Tour. Their strong work ethic has led them to share stages with The Matches, Melee, Limbeck, Break The Silence, Bleed The Sky, Quietdrive, My American Heart, Dillinger 4, Fighting Jacks, Bowling For Soup and more.

Throw The Fight brings hard-fought experience along with their

unique, intense live show.

About Silent Keep

Silent Keep is a hard-hitting melodic rock band based in the Twin

Cities. This young, up-and-coming band formed in July of 2004,

releasing their three song demo "Beneath the City Lights." This demo provides a mere taste of the energy this band can create. This energy is best experienced through their chaotic yet compelling and inspiring live performances.

The release gave the band a perspective of the local Minnesota music scene by getting them onto bills with successful local bands such as Down and Above, Seconds Before, Hook Echo, Dayfeed, Nuisance Crew, Staija, B!, Redoverlunar, Aberrance, Banehinge, and many more. Silent Keep has plowed through wall after wall playing show after show and competing in battles across the state, earning them a reputation as an extremely hard-working band among many local booking agents and clubs.