Monday, October 12, 2009

#35: School of Rock

Janis Joplin's Cry Baby

This past Saturday I caught the hottest music act in L.A., yet I bet you've never even heard of them. They're all under the age of 18 and they rock.

Los Angeles has a couple of Schools Of Rock in Santa Monica and Hollywood (and for the over 18 crowd, yes, they have adult classes too!). This past weekend they had their end of season show in which they played selections from Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Wonder, Metallica, and "Women Who Rock". The show was at the Knitting Factory in Hollywood and was $15.

The conviction and passion that these kids exuded on stage was absolutely mesmerizing. They were unabashed, unapologetic, and extremely talented.

The Stevie Wonder/Jimi Hendrix montage below is from my own camera. It's not great sound quality, but I think it captures the energy on stage well. The other clips above and below I found on YouTube. They're from other School Of Rock Hollywood shows and are better sound quality.

School Of Rock End Of Season Show
Stevie Wonder's Superstition, Jimi Hendrix's Ezy Rider and All Along the Watchtower

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