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SPRING 2024 SHOW ANNOUNCEMENT!!

The Eagles

The Eagles are an American rock band formed in Los Angeles in 1971. With five number-one singles and six number-one albums, six Grammy Awards and five American Music Awards, the Eagles were one of the most successful musical acts of the 1970s in North America. The band blended country and rock to make their own unique sound. This show will highlight some of the greatest hits from this legendary band, including - Hotel California, Life In The Fast Lane, Take It Easy, Witchy Woman, One Of These Nights and many more!

 

Yer Mom

This show will bounce between multiple musical genres with songs about everyone’s number one person. MOM. Any song with Mom, Mama or Mother in the title is allowed and there are a lot to choose from. From “Stacy’s Mom” by Fountains Of Wayne to Danzig’s “Mother”, ABBA’s “Does Your Mother Know” or Willie Nelson’s “Mama Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Cowboys”, this show is bound to be a lot of fun and great for any skill level. It’s also a great way for students to get familiar with many different musical styles all in one show. Did we mention the performance is on Mother’s Day?!

 

Neo Soul

One of the coolest shows in the SoR curriculum! Neo Soul refers to the revival of Soul and R&B music in the 90s and 2000s, led by artists such as Lauryn Hill, Maxwell, TLC, Erykah Badu, and D’Angelo. Combining elements and grooves from R&B, Jazz, Pop, Funk, and Hip Hop influences, Neo Soul distinguished itself from other Pop music of the time by focusing on a return to live instrumentation. As the genre gained in popularity, artists such as Alicia Keys, Amy Winehouse, and Mary J Blige became pop superstars. Neo-Soul remains incredibly popular today, with Bruno Mars, John Legend, Hiatus Kaiyote, and Silk Sonic carrying the torch. Neo Soul is a super educational show that will turn students into sophisticated groove monsters! Beginners up to advanced players will be challenged by these intricate arrangements and diverse styles.

 

Folk Rock

Folk Rock is a wide umbrella that encompasses protest songs of the 1960s, laid-back tunes of the 1970s, confessional ballads of the 1980s and '90s, melodic “indie-folk” anthems of the 2000s, and much more. The hallmarks of the Folk Rock sound are intricate guitar playing, evocative lyrics, vocal harmonies, and nods to early 20th-century music forms including Gospel, Appalachian Folk, Country, Blues, and Bluegrass. Folk music influences were an integral part of the evolving Rock scene of the 1960s, with Jefferson Airplane, Jimi Hendrix, Bob Dylan, The Band, Creedence Clearwater Revival, and The Mamas and The Papas all finding success. These acts pushed the genre in different directions, amping up the roots of Rock and Roll by adding drums and electric instruments. . The 1970s were rich with new forms of the Folk sound from familiar faces like Neil Young and Paul Simon, as well as commercial newcomers like the British multi-instrumentalist Cat Stevens. Folk Rock influences continue to be found in more contemporary artists, such as The Decemberists, Phoebe Bridgers, Fleet Foxes, Father John Misty, Pinegrove, Indigo Girls, The Jayhawks, Beck, Big Thief and Brandi Carlile. Many of the greatest songwriters of all time - including Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Joni Mitchell and Paul Simon - are represented in this show, which is filled with classic songs and popular hits that will educate students of all experience levels.

 

Best of the 80's

In the Best of the '80s show, School of Rock will travel back in time to an era of fluorescent clothes, poofy hair, and the best synth-driven pop anthems you will ever hear. On August 1, 1981, music fans were catapulted into the '80s music era by the debut of a cultural phenomenon: MTV.  This new music format - the music video - gave old and new artists alike the chance to reach unimaginable numbers of diverse audiences and sell millions of records and cassette tapes. The '80s would not have had its soundtrack without Michael Jackson. Jackson began the '80s on a sonic high that carried over from 1979’s “Off the Wall”, but he struck gold with the worldwide phenomenon that was Thriller.  Also making a huge impact on the '80s were super-star Pop acts like Madonna, Prince, and all-girl band The Go- Gos.  Gender became less binary and static in the '80s with wildly popular artists like Boy George of Culture Club, Annie Lennox of the Eurythmics, Chrissie Hynde of Pretenders and every hair metal act challenging perceptions of what is acceptable attire or behavior for “male” and “female.”  Although pop acts reigned supreme in the '80s, rock bands like Guns N’ Roses, Journey, and Bon Jovi reaped the benefits from the ‘decade of excess’. The Best of the '80s show will feature a diverse mix of styles and artists, and is a challenging and fun experience for students of any instrument or experience level.

 

Post Punk Revival

Post-punk revival is a genre or movement of indie rock that emerged in the late 90s and early 2000s as musicians started to play a stripped down and back-to-basics version of guitar rock inspired by the original sounds and aesthetics of garage rock, new wave and post-punk. This show offers a huge variety of music that is sure to satiate any student’s musical appetite. The late 90s and 2000s has produced more and more artists whose music blends and defies genres, and draws from a greater variety of influences than was available at any previous point in history. The Strokes, The Killers, Interpol, Franz Ferdinand, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Kings Of Leon and MGMT are a few bands in this genre. This is a perfect show for students of all ages and experience levels!

 

Divas

Some of the greatest vocalists of the modern era of music, these amazing female artists possess powerful voices capable of expressing emotion like few others. This music is as educational as anything School of Rock offers. This show is also an important and challenging theme for all instrumentalists, as these artists' performances feature some of the most in-demand players in the business. This show will include music by Aretha Franklin, Tina Turner, Janis Joplin, Patti Smith, plus modern artists like Lady Gaga, Adele and Taylor Swift.

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