A regular Ashkenaz attraction as a showcase for young rock groups, BandWorks stages its first Year-End Awards Show, with many kid and faculty bands and an original song competition. Money raised goes to the BandWorks Scholarship Fund for youngsters who can’t afford the classes. Tonight, in addition to the awards show and performances by the student bands, the finale is a faculty showcase with teacher-led bands.
The best song competition features five young bands (staff and administration members chose and voted on the songs): Collusion (“I Don’t Know”) Trazy Crain (“Are You Listening”), Distorted Minds (“Styrofoam”), The Harder We Fall (“Paradise”), and Foodeus Maximus (“Try”).
Following the awards presentation three teacher-led rock bands perform: Seth Affoumado and the Yella Pedals will kick it off, followed by Andy Maag and Space Country Museum featuring Jake Scheps, and Jules Leyhe with The Family Jules Band.
Since 1993, Berkeley-based BandWorks has helped several thousand youngsters fulfill their dream of playing in a rock band. BandWorks helps organize students into bands, provides coaching with some of the best musician-instructors in the Bay Area, and after 8 weeks rehearsing their favorite rock, pop, blues, reggae and original songs, takes the bands to the stage at Ashkenaz to perform live in front of an audience. In addition, BandWorks offers year-round classes for kids, teens, and adults, as well as summer camps for kids and teens at locations around the Bay Area. Find out how you can join a band at BandWorks!