The typical age of people who play in Led Zeppelin tribute bands hovers around 50.
But not the musicians rocking out in the Tribute to Led Zeppelin at the Venue on Saturday, May 19, at 7 p.m. Eagle's School of Rock is hosting the event, which will feature apprentice axe-wielders shredding classic Zeppelin songs.
Started in Philadelphia in 1998, School of Rock has now opened almost 80 schools across the nation and a handful in Mexico. The school teaches through performance-based methods, getting students to play instruments in front of live audiences as soon as possible, while instructors sneak in music theory.
The School of Rock movie starring Jack Black that came out in 2004 has no affiliation with the school, but it has been great PR.
“It did wonders for us publicly," said Henly Kim, Eagle School of Rock general manager. "After that movie, everyone was looking for a school of rock.”
A portion of the proceeds from the show will go toward sending Eagle student Nick Long on the 2012 School of Rock West Coast All-Star Tour this summer. The 17-year-old has been involved in the School of Rock for more than a year and has emerged as a strong mentor for other students.
In past All-Star tours, young musicians have performed at events like Lollapalooza and Austin City Limits, playing alongside K.T. Tunstall, Alice Cooper, Michael Anthony and several others.
Tickets to the Led Zeppelin tribute on May 19 cost $7 in advance and $10 at the door.