When: Saturday, Aug. 24, 7 p.m.
Where: The Orange Peel, 101 Biltmore Ave. $15; $5 children under 10. http://www.rockacademync.com or http://theorangepeel.net.
Why: Give a kid an electric guitar and she'll rock until her room shakes. Pair her with a drummer and a bass player and the trio will take down the rafters. Through lessons and performances that go beyond high school orchestra, Rock Academy NC harnesses local kids' passion for hard rock, punk, metal and more.
Students age 8-17 who attend Rock Academy NC learn how to improvise, captivate a crowd and experiment with sound. They also learn the essential skill of playing together. Musical risks are encouraged, along with trying new genres. "No song is sacred," says the organization's website. When a student wants to learn heavy metal, he is encouraged to shred to his heart's content — as long as his bandmates tap their own solos too.
The kids will take over The Orange Peel's iconic stage on Saturday, Aug. 24, to benefit Give to the Music, which provides lessons and instruments to children who couldn't otherwise afford to study music. The concert will feature Rock Academy bands, as well as Grammy award-winner Roy "Futureman" Wooten of Bela Fleck and the Flecktones. The River Rats, winner of the most recent Battle of the Bands, will join surprise guests for an evening of rock, funk, soul and blues.
Raffle prizes will include a fully restored 1984 Tama Swingstar drum kit autographed by Rock and Roll Hall of Famers Bob Burns and Artimus Pyle. There's also have a chance to win a pearl-white Ibanez Mikro bass guitar, autographed by virtuoso Victor Wooten. Start your own band or pass these treasures on to your kids (if you’re feeling generous). One night with Rock Academy students is proof that legends are made here in Asheville, one lick at a time.
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