Hi, it's Sheila. You may remember last year Rob, Dan, Frank, Meghan and I took a shot at learning to be in a rock band for a couple of fun segments on the Fox 19 Morning News. If you didn't see it, good! It was a little embarrassing, but we had a good time working with some great local musicians and instructors, connected to us by the nice people at Buddy Rogers Music.
Some of those instructors do something really special with budding young musicians from all over Greater Cincinnati. Boot Camp Jamz and UROCK (University of Rock) Music School and Summer Day Camp give music students the chance to learn what it's like to play in a band and perform before live audiences.
The Camp will present
a "Tribute to Woodstock 1969" concert on Friday March 19, 2010 at 6 p.m. at the Northside Tavern, 4163 Hamilton Avenue in Cincinnati. They're calling the concert a great warm-up for the winter blues. Tickets are only $3 at the door.
Musicians who are 11 to 17 years old have formed bands named Spearpoint, District 4, Canned Under Authority, 2 to 1 Ratio and True Kings Of. Each band will perform songs from the acts which appeared during the Woodstock Festival in August 1969, including songs from Creedence Clearwater, The Who, Jefferson Airplane, Jimi Hendrix, Joe Cocker, Janis Joplin, The Band, and Santana. They've been rehearsing since January at the uddy Rogers Music Beechmont store and Willis Music Florence.
Their instructor Bruce Deaton tells me their musical training provides the kids with values and strenght of character. He hopes to expose the program to a lot more local kids, and it's open to any child between 9 and 17 years old. I've seen them play, and I know they have fun.
Go see them! And here's the website where you can find out more: http://www.bootcampjamz.com/