Monthly Archives: March 2014

KRF Kids at the Auto Club Speedway!

Speedway4Did you see our kids at the Speedway this weekend? They were amazing. We couldn’t have asked for a better performance. People watched, walked by singing along, or stood to listen for a while. The Fender® Benders always had a crowd. DJ Uncle Joe Benson, from 100.3 The Sound, a long-time KRF supporter, gave them a wonderful announcement before they played, which was very exciting.The Fender Benders from Kids Rock Free® played great Elias Mc Seveney – Guitar, Matt Rubic – Guitar, and Jonny Mayhew –Drums. Braeden McCann, Bass, & Kassandra Castaneda, vocals, were unable to attend. But Austin Rubic and Sadie Martinez filled in for them splendidly. Austin knew all the notes, and Sadie learned ten new (to her) songs within a month and she belted them out with confidence as though she’d performed them countless times. Everyone is very proud of the both of them.

Speedway2Thanks to the Speedway for donating some of the proceeds from ticket sales for March 18 & 19 for the race and all the Billy Ray Cyrus-signed guitar raffle ticket buyers. All funds raised benefit the music education program at Kids Rock Free.

Close the Box with Nature by Numbers

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Close the Box is going to be doing a show at the Fender Center’s Rhythm Lounge Saturday, April 5, at 8:00 p.m. Doors open at 7:30. Our program consists of music that pays homage to progressive rock bands spanning four decades.  Yes, Gentle Giant, Genesis, Toy Matinee, Happy the Man, and many others are what you will hear on the show.

The musicians in Close the Box are made of dedicated musicians that are playing in the band for the sheer joy and respect of the bands that they are covering. The band is: Bill Giles (bass), Scott Grant (keys), Casey Jones (vocals), Alex Zimmer (guitar), Paul Zimmer (drums), and Lee Zimmer (guitar).

Also sharing the program will be the LA based group, Nature By Numbers. They are by far one of the best progressive rock bands to come along. Calling what they do “experimental rock”, it is performed with the precision, tightness, groove, and tones that you would expect to see on a major touring band.  Their music has some of the most involved tonal and rhythmic structures, and yet has sense and depth that can appeal to all listeners. Nature by Numbers consists of Thomas Golden (vocals), Garret Bever (guitar), Chris Golen (bass),  Joel Martinez (guitar), and  John Hoik (drums).

Kids Rock Free student tickets are only $5 and all other tickets are only $10. The show is a benefit for the Kids Rock Free music program. All the proceeds from this event will be going directly to much needed equipment for the recording studio at the center.  The studio will be used for recording the students and for the students to learn themselves how to record sessions. This will tie in with plans for song writing classes at the school where kids will learn to write songs, rehearse with other students, and record their project in a professional digital recording studio. So please make a point to help raise funds for this while enjoying some amazing music doing so.

Raffle tickets will be available for sale to win unique music memorabilia items (you do not need to be there to win) and there will be beer, wine, soda and refreshments for sale. For tickets call the KRF office at 951.735.2440

In the Fender Center’s Rhythm Lounge Saturday, April 5 2014
365 N Main St
Corona, CA 92880
Or get tickets online!


A Special Thank You to Our Sponsors

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From everyone here at Kids Rock Free® at Fender® Center for the Performing Arts, thank you for showing your support: the D’Addario Foundation, Riverside County EDA, Union Pacific Foundation, and the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation for our 1st quarter  of 2014.Classical Guitar 2009 Pic 4

You have kept music in the hands of our kids! We are so grateful to you for not only showing how much you value our organization, but showing how you value music and the arts in our community.  Thank you for helping us continue to imbue others with the joy and dedication that true music appreciation brings.

Looking for a Blues Getaway…………in the Bahamas?



Blues Kids Foundation Cruise in a Roundtrip from Port Canaveral, Florida!

We will set sail with Royal Caribbean International. Join us for a 4 night sailing with two sea days experience on the “Vision of the Seas” that’ll champion your inner star.
Sessions and workshops for children and adults will be directed by Chicago Bluesman and educator Fernando Jones, himself. This package is ideal for parents who want to bring their Blues playing child-musician ages 12 to 17 along on vacation to play with like-minded others . . . and the weekend warrior who simply wants to take center stage, while on vacation. On the last day the participants will perform in concert. All Blues instruments welcome.

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