Local rockers raise money for music education

Lori Barbero of Babes in Toyland (Billy Briggs/MPR)
Lori Barbero of Babes in Toyland (Billy Briggs/MPR)

The Minnesota Music Cafe has donated their venue to host “Best of Minnesota” — a rock music festival to raise funds for music education.

The concert is hosted by the School of Rock, and takes place this coming Saturday, April 25th, from noon to 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 for ages five and up.

A number of local musicians will be performing in the event, including Lori Barbero (Babes in Toyland), Claudio Rivera (Motion City Soundtrack), and The Current’s own Sean McPherson (Heiruspecs).

Stacey Marmolejo (School of Rock Twin Cities Franchise Owner) says:

“This family-friendly, all ages event shines the spotlight on both the need for music education funding and the benefit of music education as 60 youth musicians and 10 professional musicians perform 6-1/2 hours of music created by Minnesota musicians.”

Proceeds from the event will go to Rock School Scholarship FundAdoptAClassroom.org, and PACER’s Bullying Prevention Center. Tickets can be purchased at BestofMN.

Here is a clip of School of Rock kids in action, performing at the Progressive Motorcycle Show in Minneapolis, earlier this year:

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