Conscious Party: Sponsoring the sound

AMS Rock Band. Photo courtesy of AMS

WHAT: Sound Effects benefit concert

WHEN: Thursday, April 9, 6-9 p.m.

WHERE: 743 Haywood Road, Asheville

WHY: Since 1996, the Asheville Music School has been strengthening Western North Carolina communities through affordable music education and outreach, teaching musicians of all ages and abilities. To help reach those goals, the school holds an annual faculty and student showcase, and while it started small in 2012, Sound Effects “just keeps getting bigger,” notes AMS development director Charlotte Sommers. “This is the first year with sponsors.”

Guests at this third annual fundraiser will be entertained by AMS faculty and student showcases, choir and chamber music, and guest performances by local artists River Guergerian and Chris Rosser. Several AMS bands will also perform, including Vinyl Crossroads, an outfit that plays for veterans and nursing homes in the community. “It’s a thrill for the kids to see their teachers play and for the kids to play on a professional stage at Isis [Restaurant and Music Hall],” Sommers says.

A “pick-your-item” raffle will also grace the evening, featuring items such as Asheville Adventure Center passes, Eating Asheville food tours and artisan jewelry from Appalachian Crafts.

Tickets to the benefit are $15, $12 in advance and $6 for children under 12 and are available at isisasheville.com or in person at AMS. Proceeds from the event will support the school’s operations. mission and programs, including the Paul Thorpe Music Education Fund. Attendees are encouraged to dine at the restaurant prior to the show, as a portion of proceeds from dinner sales will also be donated to AMS. Additional funds may also be donated to aid in the purchase of musical instruments for scholarship students. For more information, contact AMS at 252-6244. — Michael McDonald

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