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cute krf1Your rockstar is growing up fast. Don’t miss out on making the memory of a lifetime. Register your child by May 15th to perform at the Spring Jam Music Recital.

This is the only time of year all the KRF Kids showcase together.

You take care of them year round, this is their chance to shine for you!


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!


Special Kudos to the March Vocal Showcase Performers!

Vocal FlyerWhat a rousing crowd welcomed the KRF Vocal Students in the Rhythm Lounge March 6th! Family friends, babies in strollers and proud grandparents with all manner of recording devices came out to support the brave performers. The program included class performances, solos, and duets that rocked us, awed us and made us smile.

Where does an eight year old get the strength to jump on stage, grab the mic, wait for the music to start and belt out that song that is in his or her heart? I watched with pride that I would have the smallest role in the process of bringing this show to Fender Center. Fender Center’s nonprofit status means that we rely on a multitude of financial supporters, volunteers and community goodwill to provide the training to aspiring artists and the great place for them to perform.

When Mr. Chris Diaz first walked in the door to our music school I knew that he not only had the heart to teach youth he had talents that we would not find anywhere else. How many songs did he expertly play for the performers at the show? I lost count after a dozen. He also understands and handles the technology to support the students’ musical wishes with such ease. What dedication to promoting the students’ desire to learn. Producing the show and practicing all those songs must have taken hours and hours. And have you heard the man sing? Just ask him, maybe he’ll share a song with you. We are so fortunate to have Mr. Diaz at Kids Rock Free, we have only begun to see the fruits of his work with our kids.

Though most of the audience grabbed seats closest to the stage, I had the best seat in the house at the very rear of the room where I witnessed time and again how returning performers melted in the most welcoming bear hugs from loved ones. One young man was enveloped by his mother and then quickly surrounded by more men, women and young siblings or cousins than I could count. His STAR-maker machinery is on overdrive, what a lucky young man!

Our students showed us anything worth doing is worth doing well and that is something that deserves supporting. Thank you all for your ongoing participation and support to keep a song in the hearts of all our students.