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Friday, February 10, 2006

It's Only Rock And Roll

School Of Rock All StarsLast night, we went to see School Of Rock. No, not the cute and funny movie starring Jack Black. I'm talking about the actual School Of Rock All Stars Band. They are a group of amazing, incredibly talented musicians who just happen to be kids. Last night, they played a concert at The Sonar Lounge in Baltimore. Adrian Belew of King Crimson fame was their special guest. It was an awesome show!

I admit, I was a bit skeptical about this show at first. I kept thinking that it was going to be like one of my high school band recitals. You know, where it sounds like all of the kids are playing different songs all at the same time because none of them is bothering to listen to what to the others are playing. Everyone is just trying their hardest to concentrate on what they are playing so that they won't screw up and look like an idiot in front of the whole high school.

Ahhh, yes, high school days... Don't you wish you could back and relive those fantastic times. NOT! I played the triangle in my high school band. Sure, go ahead, laugh if you want, but making that little triangle ding at just the right time with just the right tone and just the right feeling... Well, let's just say that it's no walk in the park, okay? That musical talent stuff is hard work!

But, I digress...

Let's get back to the School Of Rock concert. Focus... focus... Okay, so the concert starts. These kids get up on stage and start playing, and it's like a wall of hard rocking sound just splashes out over the audience. Heavy rocking guitars, pounding drums, thumping bass, swirling keyboards. These kids had it all. And they were tight. It was just so wild seeing these teenagers up there wailing away on their instruments. They played covers of Beatles songs, Bowie, Hendrix, Metallica, King Crimson, Adrian Belew and so much more. They even played Relax by Frankie Goes To Hollywood! How cool is that?

I was just amazed by the whole performance. I highly recommend that you go and see them. They're playing tonight at The State Theatre in Fall's Church, VA. Saturday, they'll be in Philly at World Cafe Live. Sunday, they'll be at The Knitting Factory in new York City.

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