The latest edition of the School of Rock franchise — which has 80 other schools for young, aspiring Rock musicians in the U.S. and Mexico — opens this weekend in Mason. Like the other facilities,
School of Rock Mason
provides lessons for students ages 7-18, including the chance to play real venues in front of real audiences.
The schools are also known for their experienced faculty. For the Mason school, the professors of Rock include
The Fairmount Girls
co-founder, organist and singer
, a Rock and Jazz bassist who currently plays with Roots/Country Rock band
. They’ll be teaching in a 5,000-square-foot facility located at 755 Reading Road that includes seven lesson rooms, two band rehearsal spaces, a recording studio and a large performance space with professional lighting and sound.
On Saturday, School of Rock Mason will host a Grand Opening Celebration that is open to the public. The event kicks off at noon with a fitting christening of the school — a “guitar smashing” instead of the traditional ribbon cutting. Live bands begin at 12:30 p.m. and include
The Noah Wotherspoon Band
and The Fairmount Girls, as well as a joint performance by the School of Rock teachers. WEBN will be broadcasting from the event (which is slated to end at 4 p.m.) and there will also be prizes, open jam sessions and opportunities to tour the facility.
For complete info on School of Rock Mason (including the opening event), visit mason.schoolofrock.com.
More Local Notes
• Brilliant young fiddler/singer
and her father, a Folk/Celtic music promoter and former bassist for pioneering Garage Rock band
, have put together a special benefit concert for this Sunday at the 20th Century Theatre in Oakley. The event (which begins at 3 p.m.) is in honor of
, Rosie’s mother who passed away a year ago from cancer. Though free, donations for the local Cancer Family Care organization will be accepted. Performing at the event will be Pop Rock band
, veteran Folk Pop crew The
(with whom Rosie performs) and
The Rosie Carson Band
, an acoustic Folk/Bluegrass/Celtic hybrid.
• Friday at MOTR Pub in Over-the-Rhine, Butler County’s
hosts a free release party in honor of its latest album, Sonuminous, the band’s finest collection of catchy, slightly slanted Indie Pop (with dips into Synth Pop/New Wave and even rootsier Rock & Roll) to date. Visit sohio.bandcamp.com for a free download of the song “The Painted Bird,” based on the Jerzy Kosinski novel. Showtime Friday is 10 p.m. (www.sohiomusic.com)
• Chicago native and Cincy transplant
celebrates the release of her latest, the gorgeous, transcendent Folk/Pop album Since I Left Home, this Saturday at the St. Elizabeth’s church in Norwood (1757 Mills Ave.). Bowater moved to Cincinnati in 2005 and was embraced by the Blue Jordan Records collective. Blue Jordan’s
will join Bowater for Saturday’s 7 p.m. concert, as well as Chicago singer/songwriter Kelly Condron. Tickets are $10; for advanced tickets visit www.brownpapertickets.com (search: Bowater). A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the preservation of St. E’s, which was built by the Roman Catholic church in 1903 and is now run by the folks at Vineyard Central. (www.lizbowater.com)
• This year’s
— an annual celebration of the life and music of American music icon Woody Guthrie — is a special one. Woody would have turned 100 years old this July. This year, Woodyfest returns to the College of Mount St. Joseph in Delhi and will once again be headlined by Cincinnati’s version of Guthrie, Mr.
. Saturday’s celebration runs 7-9 p.m. and tickets are $10 (proceeds go to a scholarship fund at MSJ). The event is being held on the MSJ campus’ Recital Hall. Visit www.msj.edu for complete info.
• Locally born and bred music legend
and his Bootsy Collins Foundation present the
“Keep On” Music Festival
this Sunday at Newport on the Levee. The event was organized as a way to help victims of the deadly March 2 tornadoes that devastated parts of the region. Proceeds from the fest — running noon-9 p.m. — will be donated to the relief efforts of Matthew 25 Ministries. Admission is $10 in advance (through www.cincyticket.com) or $15 at the door the day of the festival. Artists scheduled to appear include
Vaughn and Company
Life After Liftoff
Tony Wilson & the Godfather of Soul Band
and many, many others. For more info, go to BootsyCollinsFoundation.org.
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