The area’s hottest youth artists will rock downtown Brattleboro
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Members of Third Dimension, one of 18 youth bands who will play at BrattRock 2017.
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Brattleboro- Eighteen youth rock bands and solo musical artists from around New England will take the stage at 118 Elliot on Saturday, September 23, for BrattRock 2017, the second annual Brattleboro Youth Rock Festival. Performances will take place on two stages, one indoor and one outdoor, between 4:30 and 11 pm. Gates open to the public at 4 pm. In addition to six continuous hours of live music, the festival will feature food vendors, arts and crafts activities, and games. All are invited to attend this fun-for-all-ages event.

The goal of the festival is to support youth musicians from Brattleboro and the surrounding region by providing a venue for them to connect, learn, perform, inspire, and be inspired. Registration opened in the spring to solo performers or bands with all members under 20 years of age. Performers submitted an online application including a sample performance video.

BrattRock’s organizing committee has released the final performer line-up for BrattRock 2017. From Vermont: Biodegradable, Impending Exorcism, Nomad vs. Settler, Notion, Oak Grove Blues Band, Dixie, Third Dimension, Outer Space. From New Hampshire: Sophie Waters, Wicked Thirsty. From eastern Massachusetts: Fourshadow. From western Massachusetts: Felixis Jinx, Kalliope Jones, Parlicium, Raspberry Jam, Shrodeur, Rool Bunk, Troubled Times. Performer bios and a stage schedule are available on BrattRock’s website.

In addition to performing at the festival, youth musicians will participate in hands-on music workshops offered by area music educators Eugene Uman, Aaron Chesley, Samirah Evans, Kevin Parry, Dan Seiden, Peter Siegel, Molly Steinmark, and Zeb Hildreth.

The idea for the event was born after the 2015 Youth Services Battle of the Bands competition in Brattleboro, when some parents of participating musicians proposed a similar noncompetitive event for youth musicians. Executive director Russell Bradbury-Carlin approved the plan for Youth Services to act as BrattRock’s fiscal sponsor, allowing festival organizers to raise funds under Youth Services’ nonprofit status.

Advance tickets for this year’s event are available at Prices are $10 adults or $8 students. For more information and a complete line-up of the musical events visit A portion of the proceeds from the event will be donated to Youth Services.
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