People & Places: Riverfield Rocks at Cain's on Saturday to benefit music program, food bank
BY DANNA SUE WALKER World Staff Writer
Thursday, January 17, 2013
1/17/13 at 4:21 AM
Oklahoma's original and largest sixth-to-12th grade in-school rock music program has some applause coming.
The big event - Riverfield Rocks - expects a packed house for its 7 p.m. concert Saturday at the Cain's Ballroom, 423 N. Brady. Ave. Doors will open at 6 p.m. The family-oriented event is smoke-free and alcohol-free.
Nine bands will be featured: Bubba Chump, Hayakawa, Big Cat, Sirens, Frantic Freedom, Blue Vendetta, Band of Bronies, Plastique and Axios.
"Our last concert at the Cain's in 2008 nearly sold out, and based on ticket sales thus far, it looks like this time we'll pack the house again," said Paul Knight, Riverfield Rocks director.
Tickets are $10 in advance or at the door, and children 4 and under will be admitted free of charge. Twenty percent of ticket sales will be donated to the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma, with the remainder of proceeds benefiting the Riverfield Rocks program.
"At a time when so many schools are cutting back on music programs, Riverfield Rocks is a thriving testament to the power of music in schools," Knight said. "This is music the kids know, so they are instantly engaged. It holds their interest. It's more affordable - an electric guitar might cost $200 versus a $1,000 bassoon. And once they've learned the basics, it's really not such a big leap from rock to Bach."
In recent years, buzz about Riverfield Rocks has spread among well-known area musicians. "American Idol" winner David Cook dropped by one day to share some industry wisdom, and the program has received various types of support from the band AC/DC, members of Leon Russell's band and many others.
More information can be found at tulsaworld.com/RiverfieldRocks For advance tickets, contact the Riverfield Office at 918-446-3553.
Original Print Headline: Riverfield Rocks set at Cain's
Stephen Sesso sings and plays guitar at Riverfield Country Day School as students rehearse for Saturday's Riverfield Rocks concert. The 7 p.m. event at the Cain's Ballroom will benefit the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma and the school's music program. MIKE SIMONS / Tulsa World