After opening in April, School of Rock is ready to rock out its first concert.
The Mason performance-based music school will hold its Spring Show at 7:30 p.m. today at 755 Reading Road.
Students of all ages will perform music of the Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, the Beatles, Fleetwood Mac, the Ramones and the Zombies, among others.
The Mason opening marks the first Cincinnati area location and third Ohio outpost for the national music education chain. Franchise owner Tim Garry says he plans to open additional locations in Cincinnati in the next five years.
The company operates more than 80 schools in 26 states and Mexico.
The youth-driven school inspired the 2003 movie, “School of Rock, about a wannabe rocker who poses as a substitute teacher and tries to turn his class into rock stars.
School of Rock sets itself apart from more traditional music schools by giving students the chance to perform on stage in front of live audiences, says Garry.
“A lot of kids will not thrive in private lessons because they find it boring,” Garry explained. ”Here, we believe the best way to learn music is to play music. It becomes much more engaging for (students) and they’re more likely to stick with it.”
“It’s essentially team sports for the arts,” he added.
The concert will be held in the school’s Sonic Boom Room, a 1,600-square-foot performance space with professional stage, sound and lighting equipment. The 5,000-square-foot facility also boasts seven lesson rooms, two band rehearsal room and a recording studio.
The school will hold a repeat performance Saturday at Northside Tavern, 4163 Hamilton Avenue, Northside. Doors open at 5 .m.; the show starts at 5:30 p.m.
Tickets are $7 to both concerts. For more information, call 513-770-1257 or go to mason.schoolofrock.com.