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The musical duo Hog Rooster includes brothers Jacob and Owen Mahon. (Nick Longworth / Enterprise)

Youth music highlighted Thursday

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The second to last 2nd Street Stage performance of the year felt more like an audition of America’s Got Talent than a typical concert like the weeks prior.

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That’s because multiple bands and soloists from the youth community were the main attractions of the night at the annual Youth Music and Arts showcase.

Jody Ziemann, co-coordinator of the event, decided upon the lineup partly from past experience. She did it all, she says, to give young people the opportunity to share what they do.

“It boosts self-esteem, and it lets them know that their music is important,” she said.

Two brothers from Walker, Jacob and Owen Mahon, form the musical duo Hog Rooster – an “acoustic-folky project that consists of mostly original material and some covers.”

The brothers both sing and play their own instruments including guitar, bass, piano and mandolin. They were excited to play and watch the other performers.

“It should be a real fun event, and we’re both real excited,” said Jacob before their performance.

2nd Street Stage continues from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursdays through Aug. 21 – rain or shine – with free live bands, a beer garden and family activities on 2nd Street between Main Avenue and Highway 71 (at Armory Square if it rains). Please bring your own chair. For more information, go to www.parkrapidsdowntown.com.

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