Friday, October 30, 2015

Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings to Give Music Workshop for Kids in Riverside, Calif.

photo by Jacob Blickenstaff

This is a great opportunity for IE music students. Read below for details from the press release...
Grammy Award winner Gabriel Roth was raised in Riverside, and has returned to his hometown, after nearly two decades in New York, to raise his family.

Roth is concerned about the financial limitations of arts education in the schools and wants to encourage others in the music and recording industries to join him in offering educational enrichment to students of all ages.

He and his fellow band members, Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, will perform at the Riverside Municipal Auditorium (RMA) on November 6, 2015, and will present a 90-minute music workshop at 3:30 pm that afternoon, prior to the show. The workshop is free, and the tour is also offering 300 tickets to the evening show at a greatly-reduced rate of $15, an offer that is limited to workshop participants and their parents.   

Roth is aware that some kids won’t know the band, so he is happy to talk about other musicians with whom the band has worked and even -- with some reluctance and humility -- his Grammy awards.

“Some kids may not know us yet,” said Roth, “but they know names like Jay-Z and Amy Winehouse, and they know what a Grammy statuette looks like.”

The Fox Riverside Theater Foundation has accepted the role of outreach coordinator for the event, and aims to bring in kids, 2nd – 12th grade, from all over the region.  The Foundation works with a network of schools and non-profit organizations to distribute outreach tickets through its Students at Broadway program, which provides tickets for youth to attend shows during the Fox Performing Arts Center’s Broadway season.  The Foundation staff and board members are excited to partner with the band.

“This program is an example of our outreach mission,” said Executive Director Cynthia Wright.  “For some of these students, it is the first opportunity to get up close and personal with specific musical instruments; for others, it is an opportunity to add fuel to the fire of their passion for music and to hear advice from successful professionals.”

For more information or to arrange for your group to attend, contact the Fox Riverside Theater Foundation at 951.826.5769 or

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