The Barrington library hosts a concert today, July 20, at 3 pm by a fictional band.
Yes, you read that correctly -- although the opening act for the fictional boy band known as Level3, will be real.
The concert revolves around a young adult novel, “Reunited,” by Hilary Weisman Graham. The book tells the story of three former friends traveling across country to see a one-off concert re-uniting the former stars of the once-famous boy band Level3 which, while having two singles, a website and an unauthorized documentary, are not actually a real group, according to the Barrington Times.
Graham’s website says that “the multimedia components that create the fictional band (all of which are posted on the author’s website) were spurred from song lyrics that begin each chapter of the novel. Readers can even subscribe to a text message service and receive tour “updates” from the band, according to the newspaper story.
“When you see boy bands like One Direction created by stylists and publicists it suddenly becomes quite possible to create one of your very own” said Graham in a press release. “I went into the studio with musician friends and recorded Level3’s fake hits. The question then became, can we use a fictional band to inspire kids to read some fiction about fans of said band?”
Sending a fictional band on a library tour could only be done with a live opening act, however. So, Dilly Dilly, a singer and songwriter from Portland, Maine, will appear to open up the concert. And apologize for the band’s non-appearance.
Barrington’s teen librarian, Brianna Johnson, saw the program on Facebook., and thought it would be a great draw for teens.