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Rockers celebrate dead prez birthday

“Sweet Sixteen” parties for some have turned the glitz of New Years Eve, the costumed fantasies of Halloween and the gifts from Christmas into one massive underage free-for-all.

MTV’s recent reality hit “My Super Sweet Sixteen” has made a cultural impact on the mainstream by turning the spoiled offspring of celebrities and assorted bigwigs into royalty overnight. As cameras follow around the insatiable teens, viewers realize that the happiness of these youngsters is impossible. Media critics and audiences alike poked fun at the series, but now a handful of local bands are using it as a theme for their show at Headliner’s in Toledo this Sunday.

The show, titled “Abe Lincoln’s Super Sweet Sixteen” will showcase five bands from both Ohio and Michigan including Amanna 18, The Pillage, Wednesday Night, Amalie and Spiral Heights.

But Jonathan Anderson, the Verso Group promoter for the show, insists that the venue’s atmosphere will not include any chocolate fountains, new cars or other lavish “Sweet Sixteen” luxuries.

“The name was derived by the necessity to have a name on the ticket, we thought it was funny,” he said.

Sadly, Abraham Lincoln will not be turning sixteen on the day of the event, or even 116. The late president will be 198 on the following Monday, but was the sixteenth president of the United States bearing some relevance to the show’s theme.

As in most of the “Sweet Sixteen” parties on the MTV show there is some minor confusion that leads to dramatic repercussions; either the dress isn’t exactly perfect or someone ruins the $700 cake before the party even starts.

Amalie, the band from Adrian, Michigan could experience some of this confusion when they arrive at Headliner’s Sunday afternoon.

“We’re definitely a Christian band and we all go to the same church,” said bassist Jeff Miller. Members of Amalie are under the impression that Amanna 18 is also a Christian band with positive lyrics.

Jason Revesz, bassist for Amanna 18, isn’t so sure.

“A lot of the lyrics are positive. I wouldn’t say ‘Christian’ per se, we all go to church, well, not really go to church so much, I guess,” he said.

Nik Gellar, member of Bowling Green band Wednesday Night, agrees that this show is not just for a Christian audience.

“I wouldn’t consider us to be a Christian band,” he said.

Even with some miscommunication, Kevin Smith, drummer for the Pillage, insists that the bands wouldn’t be there if there wasn’t a common goal to network and please their audiences.

“(Amalie) is pretty out there with it, but if they didn’t fit in with a punk rock show they wouldn’t be playing,” he said. “We’re still trying to meet people and it’s good to have a good track record with the Verso Group,” he said.

One thing that all the bands can agree on is an energy packed show that will help promote Toledo’s local music scene.

Gellar from Wednesday Night encourages people to be as excited as he is about the show.

“Every show at Headliner’s is awesome, Amanna 18 has been around for a long time and everyone is pretty solid,” he said.

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