Tween Band Snags Metro Gig

Young band making waves on music scene

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    A trio of middle schoolers are making waves in the music scene. (Published Wednesday, May 5, 2010)

    A Chicago indie band has snagged a coveted spot at Metro this weekend -- even though three of there members won't legally be able to hang out there for another decade or so.

    Purple Apple will be the youngest band to play at the Wrigleyville bar in its 30-year history. We're talking about the same stage that has hosted the likes of Bob Dylan, Prince and the Smashing Pumpkins.

    The quartet includes three 12- and 13-year-old girls and their 24-year-old babysitter, Devin, on drums.

    Olivia, Madi and Nonie have been friends since birth and now the 7th graders are rock stars in training.

    "I'm with people I like. It's a fun thing to do that started out as a hobby and turned into something more," Nonie said. "I didn't expect that we'd be playing somewhere that big. I thought we were just going to work our way up."

    Purple Apple hasn't taken the easy way out by covering other's material. They write all their own songs.

    "We like that about ourselves that we don't do a lot of covers. We like our own style," Nonie said.

    The girls struggle to balance school and their personal lives with their budding career, not to mention working with four different schedules.

    Friday's Metro show won't be girls' first live performance. They played The Hideout last year and took home first place in a the North Shore Battle Of The Bands competition, even though they were the youngest entrants.

    The band expects to record new music and play more gigs around the city this summer.

    Friday's all-ages show kicks off at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $9.