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Concrete Blonde Makes a Rare Concert Appearance to Help Raise Funds for the Rock School Scholarship Fund

Posted by Levine Communications Office on November 28, 2011


Silent auction items include items from R.E.M., Jay Leno, Tom Morello and Ben Harper, Patrick Matera (Katy Perry) and new music artist Erica Chase

Los Angeles, November 21, 2011 – Concrete Blonde made a rare, surprise appearance, billed as Johnette Napolitano, at Soundbite Studios in Los Angeles to help raise funds for the Rock School Scholarship Fund (www.rockschoolfund.org<http://www.rockschoolfund.org>), a 501(c)3 nonprofit that provides tuition and instruments to kids seven – 17 who want to attend any rock music school in the country, but whose parents do not have the financial means.

Johnette played many of her hits including “Joey”, “Caroline”, “Ghost of a Texas Ladies’ Man” “God Is A Bullet” and “Everybody Knows.”  Rock school bands The Kingstons and Blacktop Saints also took to the stage for sets before and after Johnette.

Johnette also donated an original work of art that sold during a silent auction.  Additional items included a drumhead from R.E.M. that was autographed in 1999 during their stay at Royaltone Studios in North Hollywood as they recorded the soundtrack for the motion picture “Man On The Moon” starring Jim Carrey (Visit eBay to bid on this item), a guitar signed by Jay Leno, Tom Morello and Ben Harper, a Danelectro Bass donated by Patrick Matera (Katy Perry) and a private guitar lesson with new music artist Erica Chase who also attended the event.

“I started the fund two years ago with Carl Restivo while we were running the School of Rock in Hollywood,” said Wendy Winks, Executive Director of the Rock School Scholarship Fund.  “While we were there, we saw what a huge difference music makes in the lives of so many kids.  Fundraisers like the one last night not only help the kids, but they help build a community spirit of giving among all the parents and the kids who participate.  Instilling the value of collaboration and giving is one of the qualities that I love about the rock school music program.”

The scholarship fund is also planning another fundraiser for February.

About the Rock School Scholarship Fund


The Rock School Scholarship Fund (RSSF) is the first 501(c)3 non-profit that provides scholarship funds and instruments for children ages 7 to 17 years of age who want to attend any rock music school in the USA. The Fund provides instruments and scholarship funding to cover tuition expenses based on a student’s financial need combined with their desire to actively and passionately participate in a rock school program. If a student wants to attend a rock school but his or her parents cannot afford full tuition, they may apply for a scholarship based on financial need.

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