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Tuesday, April 23, 2024

With a major local fan base and big shows such as Warped Tour and Gator Growl under its belt, the only thing Gainesville-based band Ten 13 Concept hadn't done yet was make a music video.

This past weekend, band members Joe Loffredo, Mike Loffredo, Jon Epstein, Chris Torres and Richie Moyle took care of that.

On Saturday and Sunday, the pop-punk band known as T13C, with the help of Abyssmal Entertainment President Steven Shea, made its first music video since the band formed back in 2001.

Fliers were passed out inviting fans to be extras in the music video, singer and trombonist Mike Loffredo said.

Fans came from all over the state, he said, including Naples, Orlando, Tallahassee, Jacksonville, Tampa and Ft. Lauderdale.

The concept for the music video is the progression of the band, Mike Loffredo said. It starts with the band playing house parties, then small concerts, and finally larger concerts, where they are now.

One of the first parts of the music video was filmed locally at Common Grounds, and the second part was shot in Orlando, where three of the band members are originally from. They shot footage at a house with a pool party, complete with grilling and a Slip 'n' Slide.

"It was cool," Mike Loffredo said. "It was a completely different vibe - it was a house party, and it was completely natural."

Making a music video is a learning experience, he said.

"It's a completely different feeling when doing a music video," he said.

They shot three hours of footage altogether - for a song only three minutes long.

"We have a lot of editing to do," Mike Loffredo said.

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The music video is going to be on their Web site and Myspace page, said singer Joe Loffredo. They are also going to be sending it to MTV2 and Fuse.

These aspirations aren't too ambitious, considering T13C was runner-up in the MTV Orlando Battle of the Bands and a semi-finalist in NBC's show "America's Got Talent" last year. They're also booked for this year's Dance Marathon.

There is no release date for the video right now, but T13C is playing a show in Orlando on Oct. 27 and they want to premiere the music video then.

"I'm excited to go through it," Mike Loffredo said. "We're going on to bigger and better."

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