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Tuesday, June 18, 2013
Last Tuesday was a night for musical kids in downtown Roanoke.
At Fork in the City, Girls Rock Roanoke volunteer publicist Kim Bratic threw a late birthday shindig for herself, with the goal of getting folks to come out and eat for the kids. The restaurant pledged a portion of its sales that day to the Girls Rock program, new to Roanoke, which is planning its inaugural summer camp for July 8-12 at Jefferson Center.
A music lineup came together at the last minute, with performances from Kayla Rice, Billy Chase, Another Roadside Attraction, Flying Davenports and Payton Johnson.
Bratic said that the restaurant donated $135 to Girls Rock Roanoke, while patrons donated $202 on top of that.
At Blue 5 Restaurant, the young students at the third annual Jazz Institute at Jefferson Center celebrated by sitting in with the faculty band, led by Greensboro, N.C.-based sax man Chad Eby. This gig wasn’t a fundraiser, just a chance to share the faculty’s talents with the community, parents and students, Jefferson Center artistic director Dylan Locke said. The band featured material it will be recording at the Jefferson Center’s Music Lab, where Eby made his last album.
According to Locke, the following Jazz Institute students sat in: Albert Newberry, Levi Fulton, Devin Arrington, Dylan Francis, John Spataro, Mark Tenzer, Ian Todaro, Ricky Holloway and Will Landon. The program started Monday and ended Friday.
It’s the kind of night that should make even a casual observer feel pretty good about the future of live music in Roanoke.
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