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Members of at-risk youth program to perform at Chattanooga's Riverbend & Strut

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Dermario "Mr. ENT" Harris, 18, left, and Isaiah "Comic" Brown, 16, rehearse the act they will perform at Riverbend and the Bessie Smith Strut. Photo by Doug Strickland/Times Free Press Dermario "Mr. ENT" Harris, 18, left, and Isaiah "Comic" Brown, 16, rehearse the act they will perform at Riverbend and the Bessie Smith Strut. Photo by Doug Strickland/Times Free Press
Johnny "Pashin" Rollins, 17, gets mentally prepared to perform during rehearsal. Photo by Doug Strickland/Times Free Press Johnny "Pashin" Rollins, 17, gets mentally prepared to perform during rehearsal. Photo by Doug Strickland/Times Free Press
CHATTANOOGA, TN (Times Free Press) -

Sitting in a row of folding chairs inside the rehearsal room, seven young performers anxiously await their turn.

Their nerve-wracking task? Working through the songs they will be performing at Riverbend and the Bessie Smith Strut in less two weeks.

The young people range in age from 12 to 29, and they all share the same nervous tics that come with having unfamiliar spectators in the room and also from knowing that the two upcoming shows will be the biggest of their lives to date.

"It's Riverbend," says 17-year-old Johnny "Pashin" Rollins. "It's the biggest thing in the city."

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Dermario "Mr. ENT" Harris, 18, left, and Isaiah "Comic" Brown, 16, rehearse the act they will perform at Riverbend and the Bessie Smith Strut. Photo by Doug Strickland/Times Free Press

Johnny "Pashin" Rollins, 17, gets mentally prepared to perform during rehearsal.
Photo by Doug Strickland/Times Free Press

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