Sometimes the solution to a mission is looking right at you. Or sitting right next to you. That’s what a group of parents of students at Académie Lafayette figured out.
“Several of us were sitting around at a scouting event last year and realized that there were a lot of parents at the school who played in bands, and figured this would be a really cool way to raise money for the school,” said Gregg Todt, whose son attends the public charter/French immersion school. Todt is a member of the rock band Federation of Horsepower.
Friday night, four bands featuring at least one parent of an Académie Lafayette student will perform at the RecordBar, 1020 Westport Road: Federation of Horsepower, the Hillary Watts Riot, the Sexy Accident and the Quivers.
The event is being billed as Vive the Rock. Commemorative T-shirts will be sold, as well as raffle tickets for prizes. All proceeds go to the Académie Lafayette general fund, which pays for music and arts education and other academic programs. Advance tickets are $25 and are available here. Tickets will be $35 at the door. Showtime is 9:30 p.m. for the 21-and-older show.
“All of the bands involved are really excited about this show, and we’re all ready to give the people who show up a hell of a show,” Todt said. “You don’t have to be a parent to come. It’s a great lineup, plus you’ll be helping out some really amazing kids and an amazing school.
“I don’t know about anyone else’s school growing up, but I know my school wasn’t cool enough to do something like this.”
| Timothy Finn, The Star