Teens top Thursday night with talent

August 11, 2013

For a brief moment, Elkin’s Main St. looked more like downtown Winston-Salem last Thursday night with adults and teens catering to their demographic.

The Liberty, the estimated $1.8 million redevelopment of an old tobacco warehouse converted into a banquet, office, and retail facility played host for politicos from around the county in a reception.

Twenty One and Main, a notable fine dining eatery located on the corner of Bridge St. and E. Main St. had a consistent amount of patrons for a typical Thursday summer night, said one of the hosts.

The political notables and restaurant patrons though were outnumbered by teens who flowed into Fiddles Pub located on the west side of Main St.

Teens came out to support AJ Mantero, daughter of the owners of Fiddles Pub, who showcased her song “Always be the Same.” The track, available on iTunes, was produced by Andrew Lane, the 2012 Billboard award-winning producer who worked with artists such as Backstreet Boys and Irene Cara, and is known for his work with “High School Musical,” “Hannah Montana,” “Disneymania 4,” and “Manny Fresh.”

In addition to AJ’s performance, the surprise of the evening was a trio “garage-type” band from Elkin called The Lone Rangers who dazzled its guests with its no-frills style of covering songs.

The trio are Jonah Christian, Nate Hunter, and Hunter Norris, all 15-years-old from Elkin High School.

“We had a talent show in 7th grade middle school. We were desperate for a name, and the name was pretty funny. We stuck with it,” said Norris when asked how the band name was developed.

“We’re looking for a few more gigs,” said Hunter.

According to Fiddles Pub owner, LeAnne Mantero, the showing at Fiddles for Thursday night by teens is a clear indicator that local kids have talent and need a location to showcase their stuff.

“These kids are great, right? You know, it’s not a bad idea for us to consider holding an ‘under 21’ night and give an outlet for kids too,” said LeAnne Mantero. “We’ll bring The Lone Rangers back too.”

Mantero indicated that she is considering dedicating the first Thursday night of each month for teenagers to showcase talent at Fiddles.

Thursday night wasn’t a late night for AJ Mantero. On early Friday morning, AJ Mantero departed to California, as she has been cast for the Matthew Parry-Jones film called “Charlie’s Messenger.”

“AJ has a lead role in the film,” said her film publicist.

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