The RockSTAR Music Education's annual Winter RockFest returns to The Sunset Strip this Saturday, January 26, with more than 140 young bands taking over the Key Club, The Roxy and Whisky A Go-Go from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. RockFest is a celebration of young musicianship, music education, and rock and roll, and gives young musicians the opportunity to perform in front of a live audience on the legendary Sunset Strip.
Band members performing at RockFest range in age from 6 to 12 years old, and come from across Los Angeles County, including several elementary schools in the West Hollywood area. The event will also feature a raffle for rock and roll memorabilia, including a guitar signed by the Grammy-winning band Green Day.
RockSTAR, a STAR Education program, was founded eight years ago with the fundamental mission of bringing music back into schools that had slashed their own music programs because of budget cuts. With celebrity support from such rock icons as The Black Keys, Slash, Santana, Britney Spears, Taylor Dayne, DMC, Chris Slade of AC/DC, Gene Simmons, Sammy Hagar and more, this is the most established and effective after-school music program in California. By harnessing the cognitive, social and creative benefits of music education, RockSTAR allows children to learn, live large, let loose, hone music skills, practice teamwork, and develop a sense of professionalism.
Tickets for each club are $12, and will be available day-of-show, as well as in advance at www.rockstarmusiceducation.org The band lineups for each club are also available on the website. RockSTAR's Rock Fest is supported by the City of West Hollywood.
For photos from last year's RockFest, visit http://www.thesunsetstrip.com/blog/kids-are-more-alright.
-Photo courtesy Genie Sanchez, www.totallylikeduh.com