Those About To Rock 

Old rockers ought to be scared. When I was a kid, there were only so many of us whose parents were even open to the thought of playing an electric instrument. Looking back on it, it's amazing how we ever found each other to form bands in the first place. No Craigslist, no Facebook, no texting. I'm still not sure how we scheduled band practices in the 1990s. All that's changed. These days, old rockers are the parents, and it seems like all the kids are rocking.

But it's different ... and better. At School of Rock, kids get music lessons and then are placed in groups to learn how to play together. That last bit is the greatest hit. Plenty of old-school kids who had lessons grew to be technically proficient, but floundered in the social atmosphere of a band. School of Rock gets kids playing together and performing onstage as part of the basic curriculum.

You won't be surprised that Memphis fell pompodour over leather boots for the concept. Memphis' chapter of the School of Rock took off like a pyrotechnics display, and, after one year, is ranked 10th in enrollment out of 120 schools worldwide. Thank ya very much.

You can hear the kids this weekend at the Young Avenue Deli in four performances over two days. "Pure Grunge" has pipsqueaks playing the songs from bands such as Soundgarden, Alice in Chains, Nirvana, and Pearl Jam, and starts at 3 p.m. on Saturday the 18th and at 6 p.m. on Sunday the 19th. "A Tribute to Led Zeppelin" is at 7 p.m. on Saturday and at 3 p.m. on Sunday. All shows are at the Young Avenue Deli. Admission is $10. Go raise a glass to progress and to never having to pull a phone number from the bottom of a flyer again.

School of Rock presents "Pure Grunge" and "A Tribute to Led Zeppelin" at the Young Avenue Deli on Saturday and Sunday, January 18th and 19th.

Related Locations

Keep the Flyer Free!

Always independent, always free (never a paywall),
the Memphis Flyer is your source for the best in local news and information.

Now we want to expand and enhance our work.
That's why we're asking you to join us as a Frequent Flyer member.

You'll get membership perks (find out more about those here) and help us continue to deliver the independent journalism you've come to expect.


Comments (3)

Showing 1-3 of 3

Add a comment

Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-3 of 3

Add a comment



Hungry Memphis

Midtown Donuts Opening February 1st

Fly On The Wall Blog

On Gannett, The Commercial Appeal, and Digital First

News Blog

Memphians Vie to be Best Pinball Player in State

Music Blog

Listen Up: Bailey Bigger

Politics Beat Blog

No Surprise: Strickland Announces for Reelection

News Blog

Midtown Store to Re-Open Under Safety Conditions

Hungry Memphis

Rizzo's Closing (temporarily) for Repairs

Intermission Impossible

Addicted to Capote? Cloud9 and Mark Chambers tell Tru Stories


More by Joe Boone

Readers also liked…

© 1996-2019

Contemporary Media
460 Tennessee Street, 2nd Floor | Memphis, TN 38103
Visit our other sites: Memphis Magazine | Memphis Parent | Inside Memphis Business
Powered by Foundation