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Silver Spring resident Carson Groenewold will live out one of his lifetime goals Aug. 5 by performing at Lollapalooza 2012 in Chicago.

“It feels really, really good,” he said. “We are playing Lollapalooza, but we are playing on a small stage. Hopefully in the future, after we get some credibility, we’ll get to play bigger stages.”

Though Groenewold’s band, Red Oblivion, has played in the traveling music festival Warped Tour, he said this is the band’s first foray into large-scale music festivals. Lollapalooza, a three-day music festival in Grant Park, will this year feature rock legends Black Sabbath and Jack White.

Red Oblivion was formed at Berklee College of Music in Boston and is comprised of cellist Eden Rayz, singer and bassist Zach Adams, guitarist Emma Torres and Groenewold on the drums. The band combines pop, metal, world music, classical and electronica for a unique sound.

Groenewold said his interest in music began when he was in middle school, where he completed the entire music curriculum his school offered after just two years. He chose to attend DeMatha Catholic High School in Hyattsville, where he joined a string metal ensemble that performed metal music covers with cellos and violins. It was at Berklee where he met his band mates.

A student-run record label at Berklee chooses one band every year and this year, it was Red Oblivion.

“We knew there was a chance for awhile. But when I first found out it was for sure, I was in my apartment and Emma and Zach were at my door — I think I shook a banana shaker at somebody,” Groenewold said.