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 www.brattrock.org. Prices are $10 adults or $8 students. For more information and a complete line-up of the musical events visit www.brattrock.org. A portion of the proceeds from the event will be donated to Youth Services.