Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Music Crosses Cultural Lines Teen Fest '96 Called a Success of Youth Diversity

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Music Crosses Cultural Lines Teen Fest '96 Called a Success of Youth Diversity

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JACKSONVILLE BEACH -- More than 300 teens from all cultures and

backgrounds came together at the SeaWalk Pavilion over the

weekend to take part in Teen Fest '96.

"The beach is culturally diversified and the Teen Fest gave an

opportunity for all the groups to come together and have a good

time," said Daniel Dupree, member of Jacksonville Beach Teen

Council.

"It went great. People who came to hear the rap music stayed to

hear the punk-rock music and enjoyed it. Everyone gave everyone

else's music a chance," said Mark Evans, a Jacksonville Beach

detective. "Everyone got along well and there were no problems."

Evans orchestrated the event with the combined efforts of the

Beaches teen councils and volunteers. Several Jacksonville Beach

police officers also donated their time to offer any assistance

needed.

"I'm assigned to juvenile and gang violence," Evans said. "The

festival was designed to give the teens an alternative to

violence and to let them know that there are some adults who

want to have a good time in a safe environment."

"I loved it. They put on a great bi-cultural show," punk rocker

Red Crews said after dancing to Mystic Dino's reggae and moshing

to FOC's punk. "I like to see all colors come together and enjoy

themselves."

According to Andrea Wiley of the Fletcher High School Parent

Teacher Student Association, Teen Fest '96 was an opportunity

for teens to show the city that they do a lot of positive and

creative things.

"Teen music is very creative and we wanted to support their

style and show the community that their kind of music can be

fun," said Chance Teague, lead singer of FOC. "We came out

because it was a cool cause. There is no sense for teens to be

strung out on drugs. …

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