Michelle Stachan | Contributing Writer
With the energy coming from the stage and the cheers from the audience, you’d think you were at a sold-out Aerosmith concert, but tonight it was King for a Queen playing the 8th grade “Black Tie Dance” at Memorial Middle School in Albany.
The crowd went wild when they played Bob Seger‘s “Old Time Rock and Roll” and a tender moment was shared by all when Jayden traded her drum sticks for a sparkly red guitar and joined the band center stage for an acoustic version of “The Only Exception” by Paramore.
So what’s so special about this kick-ass cover band? For one, their ages are 14, 15, and 16. And two, they’re one of the “touring bands” from Musicafe’ Rock School.
Musicafe’ Rock School is a unique and colorful music school that teaches music lovers of all ages to develop and grow performance skills while learning how to play their favorite musical instruments.They have several instructors who are experienced, professional musicians, as well as exceptional mentors, to give students the tools necessary to excel in rock band classes, as well as individual artists.
Conner Farrell, 15, who plays guitar and sings, belted out “Smells like Teen Spirit” with a confidence and charisma that would make even Kurt Cobain proud. Kyler Crocker, 14, was on bass; with shaggy hair and shades on, he looked and sounded like a natural born rock star, dancing around while he rocked his instrument.
Sophie Welch, 16, who played keyboard and tambourine, wowed the crowd with her angelic voice when she sang “99 Luftballoons” and Jayden Landucci-Arellano, 14, with an up-do and a strapless party dress on, sang with the greatest of ease as she banged her drums like she was Keith Moon of The Who. They’ve got stage presence, talent, professionalism, and a lung capacity that might just leave your ears ringing in the morning.
If you’re starting to fantasize about how cool it would be to play an instrument, sing, or rock a crowd like that, you might be surprised to learn that your rock star fantasy could become a reality a lot easier than you think.
Musicafe’ Rock School offers private one-on-one lessons for many instruments, as well as
Rock School sessions, called “Rockmesters” which are classes dedicated to practicing and performing as a band. Rockmesters run from Sept.-Dec. and Feb.-May, with private lessons available all year. Kids, adults, experienced musicians, and beginners are all welcome.
Groups are formed according to musical ability and stage experience, and usually get together one night a week for a two-hour rehearsal. Each Rockmester culminates in a live, public performance with full production lighting, sound, and special effects. As bands become more advanced and “gig ready,” they may be booked at special events and shows around the community.
For information on lessons, summer camp, booking, and upcoming events call 541-738-ROCK (7625).
2521 NW Ninth Street
126 East 1st Avenue
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