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"Real, live talent' hits stage in 18 acts

(ran EO edition)

If you'd like a little midweek diversion, this year's East Lake High School talent show is at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the school, 1300 Silver Eagle Drive. The $3 general admission charge goes toward the school's theater and chorus programs.

East Lake High theater director Jerry L. Shaver said the show is not competitive, but standards are high.

"No lip-synching allowed," he said. "It's all real, live talent."

The 18 acts include a lot of singing and dancing, solos and duets, singers with guitars and a rock band. There's Irish dancing and a belly dance to Turkish Rhapsody.

"We have a real good mix of everything," said Shaver.

The rock band will play a Metallica song and an original song written by band members.

Last week, the rock band IRONFATE, formerly called No Profit, was practicing in the East Lake garage of drummer Greg Demers, 15. Brandon Gerhard, 15, was on bass guitar; Patrick Veronneau, 15, was on lead guitar; David Marren, 16, was on guitar; and Francis Biondi, 15, was singing lead. Francis goes to Palm Harbor University High, and the rest are East Lake High students.

After singing a bit, Francis sat down to write lyrics while the others worked on the music to a new song.

"We actually prefer to play our originals," Patrick said.

And they will be playing their originals from about 8:30 to 10 p.m. on Feb. 27 at Neptune's Lounge, 13 S Safford Ave., Tarpon Springs. The cover charge is $5.

The band falls into the "somewhat heavy" metal category, with a hard-driving sound.

"We have our own style," Patrick said. "At our show in February, we're probably going to play all our songs."

But in the meantime, you can catch the band at Tuesday's talent show.

Call (727) 942-5419.

_ If you have news or photos about East Lake schools, churches, businesses, neighborhood groups, community organizations or people, call Theresa Blackwell at (727) 771-4305, fax it to her at (727) 771-4301, e-mail blackwellsptimes.com or mail material to her at the North Pinellas Times, 34342 U.S. 19 N, Palm Harbor, FL 34684.

From left, Francis Biondi, Brandon Gerhard, Greg Demers and Patrick Veronneau, all 15, and David Marren, 16, practice with their rock band IRONFATE in the garage at Demers' house in preparation for Tuesday's 7:30 p.m. talent show at East Lake High School. The band will also play original music from about 8:30 to 10 p.m. Feb. 27 at Neptune's Lounge in Tarpon Springs.

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