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Music duo snap spot on summer tour

Cata9tales, the alternative hip-hop outfit comprised of Halifax County natives Berkley Priest and Kenny “Kreator” Perkins, has won the Ernie Ball/Reverbnation Battle of the Bands and will be performing as part of the Vans Warped Tour on July 9 at Farm Bureau Live in Virginia Beach.

Formed two years ago, the band has released two albums independently. They have a new album, “Hello Maybe Everything,” coming out later this year on Monarchy Records, a division of the Spectra Music Group.

“We have experienced a crazy amount of growth over the last two years,” said Priest, the band’s frontman and lyricist. “We could have never imagined getting opportunities like this. It’s mind-blowing.”

Priest and multi-instrumentalist/DJ/producer Perkins have won several competitions in the last year, taking top honors in the Coast2Coast Live Hip-hop showcase and coming in runner-up out of 6,000 bands in the Springwood Productions “Expose Yourself” competition held earlier this year in Baltimore, Md.

“We have worked incredibly hard and are very thankful, but we realize that none of this happens without God,” said Priest. “We are humbled and grateful.”

The Vans Warped Tour is one of the biggest summer tours in the world, averaging 20,000 people at each show.  

Regional bands were selected by votes and a panel of judges for each date of the tour, with Cata9tales being selected for the Virginia Beach date.

The band will release their new single, “Tiger in a Tropical Storm,” on July 23 at digital outlets worldwide. 

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Tickets to Vans Warped Tour can be purchased online via Ticketmaster.