School of Rock Austin "Best of Austin" showcase feat. members of Rise Against, Ugly Beats, Riverboat Gamblers, Fastball, Big Boys, & more

“I’ve always thought of Austin music as a natural resource in the same way as Barton Springs,” contemplates Austin School of Rock director Rick Carney. “There’s lots to be done in preserving this heritage and that falls on all of us, but especially people like myself who work with the next generation.”

The novel concept behind School of Rock, which serves 30,000 students through 225 schools in 12 countries, is that it gives musicians age 7-18 legit stage experience. Friday’s showcase finds local youth performing a set list of Austin classics ranging from the 13th Floor Elevators’ 1966 single “You’re Gonna Miss Me” to Sweet Spirit’s 2015 rager “Take Me to a Party.”

Along the way, students collaborate with artists who originated the material. Fastball singer/bassist Tony Scalzo tutors kids on “The Way,” Riverboat Gamblers’ Mike Wiebe and Ian McDougall light a fuse on “Save You,” and Tim Kerr sings on the Big Boys’ brilliant outlier and extreme live rarity “Sound on Sound.” Expect unannounced appearances from Austin favorites as they fundraise for musician health care nonprofit HAAM.

Kevin Curtin
Past date: Fri., Jan. 18, 6:30pm
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