[caption id="attachment_5650" align="aligncenter" width="612"]<a href="https:\/\/mountainmedianews.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/13\/2014\/06\/Silent-Islands.jpg"><img class=" wp-image-5650" alt="Silent Island members Casielle Donahue (left), Jackie Sizemore, Morgan Davidson, Izzi Jasperse, and Catie Flint after their performance at First Fridays (Photo Credit: Silent Islands Facebook page)" src="https:\/\/mountainmedianews.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/13\/2014\/06\/Silent-Islands.jpg" width="612" height="459" \/><\/a> Silent Island members Casielle Donahue (left), Jackie Sizemore, Morgan Davidson, Izzi Jasperse, and Catie Flint after their performance at First Fridays (Photo Credit: Silent Islands Facebook page)[\/caption]\r\n<h5>One of my favorite things to do every month is go to First Fridays, where the shops stay open later, great pizza is served at the Greenbrier Valley Baking Company, and someone somewhere is playing music.<\/h5>\r\nThis month the downtown music scene exploded with creativity and new voices. I have never seen this many people performing in Lewisburg in one night. And one of the best parts about all the performances was that every musician was a teenager.\r\n\r\n[caption id="attachment_5651" align="alignleft" width="225"]<a href="https:\/\/mountainmedianews.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/13\/2014\/06\/Vital-Shock.jpg"><img class="size-medium wp-image-5651" alt="Vital Shock members Alex Herndon (left) and Tyler Davidson (Chance West not pictured) perform inside the Wild Bean during First Fridays. (Photo Credit: Kelsea Hower)" src="https:\/\/mountainmedianews.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/13\/2014\/06\/Vital-Shock-225x300.jpg" width="225" height="300" \/><\/a> Vital Shock members Alex Herndon (left) and Tyler Davidson (Chance West not pictured) perform inside the Wild Bean during First Fridays. (Photo Credit: Kelsea Hower)[\/caption]\r\n\r\nThe first performance of the night was by Greenbrier East High School\u2019s Second Block Rock, a class taught by Jim Allder where students are able to learn and perform songs and even create their own music. Second Block Rock consists of about 35 students in grades 10-12. Together they make a set list, rehearse, and perform throughout Greenbrier County.\r\n\r\nMadison Withrow, 17, who has been a member of Second Block Rock for two years, said. \u201cThe green space is always fun to perform in, but I also really enjoyed playing at the Roller Derby.\u201d\r\n\r\nWithrow joined the class her sophomore year because she needed a class and thought performing was fun. In the class, she sings, plays the keyboard and guitar, and has even learned how to play the bass. She would describe Second Block Rock as \u201cchaotic but fabulous.\u201d\r\n\r\nMy favorite part about Second Block Rock is having the opportunity to perform with my friends,\u201d Withrow said. \u201cAnd I\u2019m just so thankful for Mr. Allder because he gives us these opportunities to perform, which we otherwise might not have.\u201d\r\n\r\nThe next performance came from a rather eclectic group of young ladies, known as Silent Islands. What started out as a random suggestion on New Year\u2019s Eve soon became a brilliantly diverse band, consisting of Morgan Davidson, 16; Casielle Donahue, 16; Catie Flint, 17; Izzi Jasperse, 16; and Jackie Sizemore, 16.\r\n\r\nSilent Islands\u2019 unique sound is definitely influenced by their various tastes in music, ranging from jazz to alternative rock to heavy metal. \u201cWe try to incorporate all of our musical tastes into the music we play to make it fun for all of us,\u201d said Jasperse. \u201cSome of our biggest inspirations include Jack White, the Red Hot Chili Peppers. The Cure, and Joy Division.\u201d\r\n\r\nTheir most recent original, \u201cHurricane,\u201d shows just how thoughtful and clever this young band is in both the lyrics, which were written by Davidson, and the actual music, which was a group effort. \u201cThe song \u2018Hurricane\u2019 was inspired by the unpredictable nature of storms and is based on two conflicting forces: the gentle and the wild,\u201d said Jasperse. \u201cThe verses are split between two vocalists and contrast can definitely be heard between their sounds.\u201d\r\n\r\nSilent Islands is currently working on writing a few more originals so they can record a small EP.\r\n\r\nQuite possibly my favorite performance of the night was from The Bigbys, three guys with hair almost as long as their music careers. The youngest member, Jules Kessler, 15, has been playing piano for nine years and guitar for five. Jacob Spencer, 17, has played various kinds of music since he was five years old, but for The Bigbys he focuses on the drums. Last but not least, Will Weikle, 17, has been playing guitar and bass for about four years.\r\n\r\nFrom the beginning, The Bigbys set themselves apart from the others by only having one original song with lyrics - the rest being strictly instrumental originals.\r\n\r\nInspired by artists like Victor Wooten, Julian Lage, John Bonham, Jojo Mayer, and Chris Adler. The Bigbys create a sound that Megan Lewis, 18, describes as \u201cblues rock.\u201d And when asked to describe the band in one word, Weikle said. \u201cFusion.\u201d\r\n\r\nAll three members of The Bigbys plan to pursue music as a career. And even though the trio will be going separate ways at the end of summer, they\u2019ve agreed to continue playing together when they can.\r\n\r\nClosing the performances at the green space was Tyler Davidson, 18; Alex Herndon, 18; and Chance West, 18 also known as Vital Shock. The three friends decided to start playing together in fall 2013 and together they create a \u2018punk meets metal meets hard rock band,\u2019\u201d according to Herndon.\r\n\r\n\u201cWe\u201dre very clean, but also in your face.\u201d said Herndon. \u201cOur biggest musical inspirations are the Foo Fighters, August Burns Red, System of a Down, and bands similar to them.\u201d\r\n\r\nThroughout the summer, Vital Shock will be playing gigs almost every weekend so if you didn\u2019t hear them at First Fridays, you haven\u2019t missed your chance. They also have plans to travel over the summer to Virginia Beach and Nashville to expose their music to more people.\r\n\r\nWhile Davidson, Herndon, and West love to play music, they agree that for them it isn\u2019t practical as a career. They would rather focus on music as an everyday hobby and just have it be a huge part in their lives.\r\n\r\n\u201cWe would just like to say a huge thanks to Jim Allder, Alpha Music Inc., and, of course, our parents for everything because without them we wouldn\u2019t be anything,\u201d Herndon said.\r\n\r\nYoung artists like these continue to amaze me with their ability to pursue their musical passions, even in such a small area like the Greenbrier Valley, and to have fun doing so. Keep listening because this won\u201dt be the last time you hear about any of these bands.\r\n\r\nFor more information about all these awesome bands, check out their Facebook pages: Second Block Rock at www.facebook.com\/2ndBlockRock; Silent Islands at www.facebook.com\/silentislands; The Bigbys at www.facebook.com\/thebigbysband; and Vital Shock at www.facebook.com\/VitalShockniphobia.