Venue Address (Get Directions)Rockwell: Table & Stage
Date and Time
Monday, August 12th, 2013 at 8:00pm
August 12th - Show 8pm
$15 - $20 sliding scale donation - All proceeds benefit the Rock School Kabul.
*** Instrument donations encouraged! ***
By special arrangement, donated gear will be shipped to Afghanistan for student use at no cost to the school. For list of needed items - http://www.soundstudiesprojects.com/wish-list--instruments-and-equipment.html.
* Buoy LaRue
with Special Guests
BENEFIT FOR ROCK SCHOOL KABUL - August 12th at Rockwell
Benefit Show Seeks to Raise Cash and Instrument Donations for the Kabul, Afghanistan Project
Portland, OR - June 14, 2013 - It's pretty typical for musicians to teach students. It's much less typical for them to go to Kabul, Afghanistan, to do it. That's what Portland musician Michael Herrman did in volunteering at the Rock School Kabul where he spent nearly three months working with young students eager to learn everything they could about Western rock 'n' roll. Herrman has recently returned to Portland, but he's staying just long enough to organize a benefit concert in an effort to collect donations for the school - both money as well as all kinds of much-needed instruments and equipment. The show will be Monday, July 1 at Mississippi Studios (3939 N. Mississippi Ave) - doors 7pm / show 8pm / $15 - $20 sliding scale / 21+. Admission fees go directly to Rock School Kabul and anyone wishing to donate their old guitar, digital recorder, cables or other essentials is encouraged to bring them to the show. By special arrangement, all physical donations will be shipped to Kabul at no additional expense. The show will be Herrman's band Buoy LaRue, along with Special Guests TBA. Ticket pre-orders at
A registry of needed items for the Rock School Kabul is available at - http://www.soundstudiesprojects.com/wish-list--instruments-and-equipment.html.
Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull recently donated three flutes, digital recorder and two mics (which were actually used on Tull tours in the 70s) to the school.
Michael Herrman, who has been teaching music for over 10 years in Portland, said, "I want people to see the positive that's happening in Afghanistan. There's plenty of death and fighting, but the amazing thing is, even that far away, given half a chance, kids want to rock. It's so incredible to see these Afghan kids who have been listening to Led Zeppelin and Metallica come to the school and really shred. The school is doing great work and proving that music really is the universal language." For more information on the Rock School Kabul, visit - http://www.soundstudiesprojects.com/rock-school-kabul.html
While in Afghanistan, Herrman re-formed his Portland-based chamber rock band, Buoy LaRue, into an Afghan mode, creating an audio blend of cultures with cellist and Rock School co-founder Robin Ryczek (the first cello teacher in Afghanistan), along with local Afghan musicians on tabla and flute. (Owing to the danger, the Afghan musicians need to remain unnamed.) The band performed at the US Embassy in Kabul five times - meeting 15 different foreign ambassadors - and played at the Sound Central Music Festival, the only rock festival in Afghanistan. Herrman recorded several tracks with his Kabul-version band, including the joyfully infectious song, "Comes & Goes" (http://vimeo.com/67497340).
BUOY LARUE - http://www.reverbnation.com/buoylarue
ABOUT THE ROCK SCHOOL KABUL
Since 2011, Sound Studies Projects (SSP) has been a home to many of Kabul's professional, as well as new rising musicians, artists and creative minds. Through its Rock School, Kabul's only alternative music center, children and adults learn a variety of eastern and western instruments, along with singing and songwriting. Graffiti and wall art from Afghan artists grace the walls and compliment the exhibitions of paintings and sculpture inside.
The Sound Studies Recording Studio and Production Center is a recording home to many of Afghanistan's established bands and upcoming Artists, as well as a training center for future producers. A modest performance space hosts many concerts from Artists all over the world and the rehearsal facilities provide a haven for young musicians to practice and exchange ideas. With collaboration between Guest teachers and young artists, SSP has established a capacity to launch the current culture of the youth forward and continue to be a place for creative expression and cultural development.
Sound Studies Projects (SSP) works under the non-profit umbrella of Afghan NGO, The Liaison Office (TLO) to promote dialogue and build peace via cultural and community activities throughout Afghanistan, and the world. Bringing together Afghan and International artists from around the world, SSP provides a creative platform and professional environment for the future of Afghan musicians and artists to thrive in fields of music performance, art, sound recording, education, and cross cultural collaboration; with respect to expressing identity, celebrating diversity, and encouraging unity.