FAA is one of the only places in the country, if not the only place, where a high school band has been able to open for a national touring act like Ra Ra Riot just weeks after they played on Late Night With David Letterman.
Fredericksburg, VA (PRWEB) April 10, 2010
Aiming to drastically expand its community presence and bolster its ability to raise money as a non-profit organization, well-known youth-led music and arts organization Fredericksburg All Ages (FAA) has incorporated as a Virginia corporation, recruited a talented and diverse board of industry leaders, and plans to celebrate on Saturday, April 17th with the biggest all-ages concert in its four-year history. The concert, featuring national touring acts Jukebox the Ghost and Drink Up Buttercup alongside local acts The Vermilions and Ryan Little, will take place at Eyeclopes Studios at 620 Charlotte St., Fredericksburg, VA.
Fredericksburg All Ages (http://www.fredericksburgallages.com) was started in 2006 as an informal project by Fredericksburg musician Adam Bray in an effort to provide local youth with the opportunity to attend and perform live music concerts in a safe, alcohol- and drug-free environment. “I grew up in Fredericksburg and went to college at Mary Washington. Fredericksburg was a great place to grow up, but before I turned 21, I found myself driving to D.C., Richmond or Charlottesville twice a week just to see live music. Music is such a huge part of youth culture and a young person’s identity – it wasn’t difficult to understand why teenagers nicknamed the town ‘Dead Fred.’ We wanted to create something local, affordable and relevant for teens in the area – a place to see great music in a safe and legal environment where people of all ages feel welcome.”
As a result, in early 2006, Bray recruited a number of likeminded area musicians and artists and began booking concerts under the FAA moniker. From the beginning, Bray’s goal has been to make FAA a youth-led endeavor. “I figured that if this was going to be something that would resonate with young people, young people would have to be the ones calling the shots.” Since 2006, dozens of local student volunteers have been involved in advertising concerts, determining which bands and what kind of music they wanted to hear, and managing the events themselves.
Whereas many youth-oriented music ventures are designed either as a place for young musicians to perform in front of their peers, or as a place for young music fans to see touring bands in an all-ages environment, FAA’s focus has been on doing both simultaneously. In what has become known as the “FAA Formula,” FAA regularly books shows where professional touring bands and local high school bands play alongside each other. “The response from the kids has been incredible,” Bray explains. “Not only do they get a chance to play for their friends, but they get to play alongside their favorite bands. FAA is one of the only places in the country, if not the only place, where a high school band has been able to open for a national touring act like Ra Ra Riot just weeks after they played on Late Night With David Letterman.”
In its four years of existence, FAA has become a fixture of the Fredericksburg arts community, regularly drawing more than 150 people to its concerts. As a result of FAA's growing popularity, Bray realized that FAA had a unique opportunity to expand even further. It was this vision that led Bray in early 2010 to recruit a talented board of directors with a wide range of experience in the music industry and establish FAA as a formal corporation. Bray hopes that FAA’s new formal status will help it expand its fundraising to help the group achieve all of his grand vision, and more. “Honestly, my hope is that FAA can be so successful that I can step away and no one will notice. FAA is and should be about the kids, and I believe that our new formal structure puts FAA on a path to be more successful than any of us ever predicted.”
In celebration of the recent incorporation, as well as its recent $5,000 grant from The Community Foundation of the Rappahannock River Region, FAA has scheduled the biggest concert in its four-year history on April 17th. The show, which will take place at Eyeclopes Studios (620 Charlotte St., Fredericksburg, VA), features two popular national touring acts Jukebox the Ghost and Drink Up Buttercup, alongside Fredericksburg’s up-and-coming The Vermilions and former Fredericksburg resident Ryan Little (of the band Tereu Tereu). Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door, and advance tickets can be purchased at three local Fredericksburg businesses (Apple Music, Riverby Books, and Read All Over), as well as online at FAA’s website: http://www.fredericksburgallages.com.
About Fredericksburg All Ages, Inc.
Fredericksburg All Ages, Inc. was founded in 2010 as a non-profit music and arts organization dedicated to youth empowerment, youth leadership, and safe, accessible music and arts programming for all ages. For further information, contact Steve Rogovin at (646) 961-3955 or via e-mail at press(at)fredericksburgallages(dot)com.
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