Purple Apple: Teen rock group immune to Bieber fever

December 16, 2010

Produced by Eight Forty-Eight

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Three-fourths of Purple Apple, their former nanny and drummer provided beats (not pictured).
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Devin Owens began as guitarist Olivia Eigel's nanny but now the two consider themselves bandmates and friends.
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Nonie Andersen, Olivia Eigel and Madi O'Brien of Purple Apple.
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All three teens arrived in Converse sneakers.
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Andersen calls Pete Townshend of The Who one of her inspirations.
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Olivia Eigel on guitar and lead vocals.
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Madi O'Brien plays bass and keyboards.
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Guitarist and vocalist Olivia Eigel.
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Devin Owens on drums.
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Purple Apple and 'Eight Forty-Eight' host Alison Cuddy.

Becoming a teenager involves a lot of firsts: Your first time driving, your first kiss, your first boy- or girlfriend. But what about your first rock concert? Not just as a spectator but as the onstage act?

Local band Purple Apple hit that first just over a year ago. Purple Apple is a trio of 13 year olds: Olivia Eigel, Madi O'Brien and Nonie Andersen. They’re joined by Eigel’s 25-year-old nanny, Devin Owens.

Saturday night they plan on blowing the doors off the Hideout Holiday Music Hour on W. Wabansia in Chicago.
 
Purple Apple recently joined "Eight Forty-Eight" in WBEZ's Jim and Kay Mabie Performance Studio to play a set and to talk host Alison Cuddy about their music.