MORRISONVILLE - Jared Hogle is doing what he can to bring a show that rocks to the North Country. And, he thinks he's done it with the latest venture through his company, Solid Rock Promotions.
Hogle has landed an appearance by three bands - Seventh Day Slumber, DecembeRadio, and Kiros - as part of the Inside Out Tour. The bands, which range from a "harder rock sound" with Seventh Day Slumber to southern rock with DecembeRadio, will play this Saturday, May 1, at the Clinton County Fairgrounds.
"I just wanted to see more positive entertainment in our Lake Champlain region," said
ley Educational Services and the Peru Central School District - was meant to show kids a world outside and far beyond the North Country.
"Rural communities have a special place in my heart because I grew up in a very rural farming community in Utah, which had literally no access to any arts or music," said Andrew. "It's great for me to be in a position now where I have access to great performers and am able to give rural communities exposure to arts and music that I think they welcome."
The fact students were captivated during Marisela's solo performances on her guitar and Equipe Capoeira Brasileira's demonstrations - which involved bring several students on stage - was something that set very well with him, said Andrew. "It's critical to give kids a window to see through to another culture that will help feed their imaginations and creativity," he said. "It's important for them to see anything is possible."
The New York City-based Norte Maar has brought several cultural events to the North Country in recent years, primarily in the Rouses Point area where Andrew has a summer home. This summer, in fact, Andrew plans to establish a summer arts camp in Rouses Point for youths through a collaboration between Norte Maar and Rouses Point Elementary School. The camp - which is in the running for a $25,000 grant through the Pepsi Refresh Project - will teach activities including tennis, swimming, chess and ballet, all in the name of providing a well-rounded experience for children.
"The arts are very important in a community - building community awareness and cultivating community spirit," said Andrew. "That's why we do this."
Hogle, "and their message is one of hope and a positive focus."
During their shows, Seventh Day Slumber does more than play music, Hogle said. The band's lead singer talks about his past addiction to cocaine and how he overcame it.
"He talks about how he was arrested and how he should be dead now because of his drug overdoses," said Hogle. "All the band members have stories ranging from severe depression to being suicidal and other issues."
The stories the bandmembers tell on stage marries well with their music, that has lyrics about the struggles they've had in their lives, said Hogle.
"Their music isn't like a lot of rock and roll; it doesn't glorify stuff like sex and drugs," he said. "They try to speak to their audience to help people move forward in their life."
Hogle, who by day is a teacher with the Plattsburgh City School District, feels it's important to stress positive messages like that to young people.
"I think our youth right now are really starving for change and really want something different," said Hogle. "Events like this give a high school kid or even a family a place to go out and know that there's not going to be alcohol served or have the kind of garbage that happens at your typical rock concerts."
"It's just really a positive outlet to be around, where you can socialize in a safe and friendly environment," he added.
Gates open for this Saturday's show at 5:30 p.m., with the show to start at 7 p.m. Admission is $15 and tickets are available at Big Apple Audio, Adirondack Chocolatier, Great Adirondack Soup Company and the McSweeney's location on State Route 3. Tickets are also available on-line at www.solidrockpromo.com.
Discounted rates are available for groups of 10 or more.