This trip will rock the generations
high school student to local rock veterans, over a dozen
local musicians will come together this weekend to raise
the roof on the Ken Waters gym and raise money to send the
high school band to Japan.
The Rock the Generations concert on Saturday will feature four local bands.
The opening band is made up of four members of the current Blaine high school wind ensemble, which is hoping to raise enough money to participate in the Funabashi Music Festival in February. Kerry King on guitar, Tyler Clarke on bass, Napoleon King on keyboards and Ian Head on drums are the bulk of the ensembles rhythm section. As the band Arcadian Legacy, they play original music and covers of everything from Rush to Metallica.
Following Arcadian Legacy, instrumental rock group Fat Germany will take the stage. Ian Head is on drums again, joined by Blaine high school graduates Josh Trudvy on guitar and Josh Smith on bass.
Crystal Tricycle are regular performers at events all over the county. Blaine grads Len Beckett, Winn Haws, Steve Sanders, John Horgold and Eddy Babcock get everybody on the dance floor with covers of hits from then 60s and 70s.
Headliners for the evening will be Forty Foot Fakeout, a local band that continues to grow in stature and appears headed for the charts. Ron Pai, Pat Freeman, Josh McDonald and Guy Smith all graduated from Blaine high school in the 1990s and mysteriously all played saxophone in Bob Grays band.
The dance starts at 7 p.m. and admission is by donation. Funds raised will be one more step towards raising the $30,000 needed to help the 37 members of the wind ensemble to accept the invitation from the Funabashi festival. The cost per musician is $1,500 and each student is required to raise half themselves, while the Blaine Fine Arts Association, sponsoring the dance, is raising the other half. So far $22,000 in matching funds have been donated.
If they raise enough funds to go the band will join more than 2,000 other amateur and professional musicians ranging from elementary students to elder musicians in a series of musical and cultural events.