Main Street Music and More presents two concerts Saturday

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By Bobbie Lanham

When the students of Main Street Music and More take to the stage on Saturday, they will present more than the traditional student recitals most people expect. These students are presenting concerts of instruments and voices.

Main Street Music and More will present A Brief History of Rock in two concerts, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., Saturday at the Shelby County Community Theatre in Shelbyville.

Co-owners Glen and Mary Wiecek predicts the venue will be sold out for both shows. "I think they're going to be awesome," Mary Wiecek said.

More than 90 students will perform in the two separate shows. Cost is $5 for one show or $8 for both shows.

Head instructor Joseph Vance said students, ages 8-71, will perform a variety of rock music chosen to show the development of rock music.

Instead of each student performing solo, students are grouped together to perform in band settings. Most of the music will be performed on guitars, bass keyboards and drums and will have vocals provided by students.

Younger students will perform in Part I, at 2 p.m. Some of the songs to be presented are "Star Spangled Banner," with an acoustic guitar and drums; "American Pie," the 1971 hit by Don McLean, with three acoustic guitars; "Sweet Home Alabama," the Lynyrd Skynyrd song first recorded in 1974, on four electric guitars, accompanied by drums; and "Iron Man," the Black Sabbath song made newly popular by the video game Guitar Hero, will be performed by high school and elementary students together on guitars, bass and drums.

Teachers Joseph Vance, Will Husband, Rich McGuire, Paul Woods, Dan Finnell and Taylor Hammond work with students individually and have placed students in band-like arrangements to perform together on Saturday. Some instructors also will perform with the bands.

Part II of A Brief History of Rock will be presented during the 7 p.m. concert.

Some of the songs presented in Part II are "Rock Around the Clock," the song made popular in 1954 by Bill Haley and the comets; the song, "I Can't Help Falling in Love," made famous by Elvis Presley, will be performed as a duet by 15-year-old and 71-year-old students; and two acoustic guitars and other instruments will perform the Johnny Cash song, "The Folsom Prison Blues."

Vance said he is very pleased with the work done by all students, parents and other supporters in preparation for the show. A medley of rock songs closes the first half of the concert: "Purple Haze," by Jimmy Hendrix; "All Along the Watchtower," by Bob Dylan; and an extended version of "Slow Ride," by Foghat. Vance promised the medley will be astounding.

The concerts provide the students with motivation to improve, Vance said.

"We just want to give kids something positive to do," he said and added that he hopes music in the Shelbyville community will provide cultural outlet that will keep kids off the streets and out of trouble.

"It's a cultural education," he said of lessons at Main Street Music. Of the two Saturday concerts, he said, "There will be some turned away."

      If you go

General admission tickets for both 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. shows are available at the door only, 30 minutes before the concerts, at the Shelby County Community Theatre, 801 Main St. in Shelbyville.

Refreshments and concert T-shirts will be available for purchase.

Main Street Music and More is 317 Frankfort Road, 647-9266.