The 2011 Arizona Daily Star’s Battle of the Bands is Friday at the historic Rialto Theatre. Now in its eighth year, the competition gives scores of teens the chance to show off their skills on a downtown stage that has hosted artists as diverse as Beck, Ray Davies and Snoop Dogg to Gregg Allman, MegaDeth and Smashing Pumpkins.

Click on each finalist's name for more.

Solo singer-songwriter Alisha Peru started taking piano lessons  when she was 4 years old and has since learned to play sax, violin and guitar.

Members of this band from Flowing Wells, Santa Rita and Sky Islands high schools are Cheyenne VanAlst, Austin Kruger, Josiah Cooper and Dalton Spencer. Their music draws on Norwegian black metal and melodic death metal.

The members of this alt-rock band, who list influences ranging from the Dave Matthews Band and The Roots to Pinback and Led Zeppelin, are all seniors at Catalina Foothills High School. They are Daniel Olitzky, Forrest Reiland, Raymond Sanchez and Jake Morris.

Members of this band, from University and Catalina Foothills high schools, are Zach Briefer, Derek Salois, Josh Every and Collin D’Aloisio. The Opposables formed in 2008 and cite blues as their main influence.

Pop singer-songwriter Tyler Scruggs, from Tucson High School, plays piano and guitar and writes screenplays, as well as songs for himself. He hopes to make a career out of songwriting.

This rock band’s members, all from Douglas High School, are the only finalists from outside of Tucson. They are Victor Lugo, Joe Morales, Andre Olivas, Gus Enriquez and Carlos Olivas.

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Meet the hosts and judges, find out what the winner receives and get an update on last year's winner by clicking on the links under "Related Stories." Also, read more about Allusion Studios, where the winner will have an eight-hour recording session.

• Where: Rialto Theatre, 318 E. Congress St.

• When: 6:30 p.m. doors open. 7 p.m., the Battle begins.

• Admission: $2.

GO ONLINE - After the show on Friday, be sure to check out aznightbuzz.com for photos, video highlights and more.