What’s coming up for 2018?
We started the year with full individual weekly classes for youth ages 5 to 17 in Ferguson.
In February, another ukulele training workshop with St. Louis County Librarians as they continue to expand ukulele opportunities for youth through local library branches. This summer we’ll visit and give ukulele classes to young people in a number of library branches throughout the region all summer long as part of “Libraries Rock!” summer reading movement. We’ve also collaborated with the Ukulele Fight Club of St. Louis to help provide funding for new ukuleles, cases and music books to be distributed to the public through the library system so the public can check out ukuleles and learn to play!
On Friday, June 1st join us for our Spring recital at St. Stephen’s, 33 North Clay, Ferguson, MO 63135. Music starts at 7 p.m. Please bring a plate of your favorite evening snack to share with others. Along with wonderful student music performances, we’ll be awarding a new batch of guitars and ukuleles to students with music GRIT!
Recital numbers include songs by Woody Guthrie, Hank Williams, Maybelle Carter, Tom Petty, The Byrds, Mammas and the Pappas, The Beatles and many more.
ALSO THAT NIGHT – we’ll be announcing the winners of the “LES PAUL INNOVATION CONTEST.” Strings Attached students are invited to submit inventions, innovations in guitar, ukulele and sound recording. Submit your idea with drawings, plans, or even a prototype by May 15,2018 to be considered. 5 winners will be selected for prizes ranging from a Les Paul guitar, Les Paul ukulele and music gift bags containing strings, tuners and other goodies! Many of Les Paul’s inventions and innovations had their beginnings in his childhood and teenage years including the solid body electric guitar. We want our students to think in these creative ways also in their formative years. Read more about Les Paul at The Les Paul Foundation and at Les Paul.com
We’ll also be participating in Make Music Day in June, Play Music on the Porch Day in August, Little Creek Nature Area’s 50th Anniversary in October and our annual Christmas Guitars concert in December with live performances.
Give StL Day is on Wednesday, May 2, 2018. On that day you can help Strings Attached continue to provide St. Louis youth with affordable music education, loaner instruments and awarded instruments by making your donation! You can also schedule your donation now at our Give StL Day page; www.givestlday.org/stringsattachedproject
Update! The Arts and Education StARTup fundraiser raised over $3200 over the holidays thanks to our generous supporters. Thank you for contributing to 2018’s Award guitars and loaner instrument fund!!
–Our annual “AWARD GUITARS” online fundraiser through the Arts and Education Council will take place during the entire month of December to raise funds for 2018 award guitars/ukuleles and loaner instrument fund. Please donate and let friends know about it by sharing on social media.
This year, every dollar donated will be matched by the Arthur & Helen Baer Foundation with up to $5,000 worth of matching funds. So it’s really a great opportunity to give and double what you and others give! Strings Attached kids are some of the best-outfitted of all music programs with quality instruments due to the generosity of people giving during these efforts.
The Strings Attached project has produced its fourth collection of American roots music this summer at the Native Sound recording studio in the Cherokee Street Arts District with the help of local roots musicians and vocalists. We’ve explored the sounds of rockabilly music classics such as, “Guitar Boogie,” “Honey Don’t,” “Mystery Train,” “Rebel Rouser” and “Sleepwalk.” Have a listen and we hope you enjoy it as much as we had recording it!
“Rockabilly Rebellion” by Strings Attached is available for download at Amazon, iTunes and CD Baby now! Buy and Download at ROCKABILLY REBELLION! To support Strings Attached and its programs.
The Strings Attached project connects youth, ages 5 to 17, with music education using American roots music. We learn to play instruments such as guitar, ukulele, dobro, banjitar and mandolin. If you would like to learn more about the project, please click on the file symbol above and to the left.
2017 Events coming up and more to come! Stay tuned for location updates and other announcements.
Help Strings Attached get a once-in-a lifetime opportunity to be on the St. Louis Cardinals Baseball Team Scoreboard with our video of Strings Attached singing,”Take Me Out to the Ballgame.” Vote for Strings Attached project on the Cardinals website from now until June 30,2017 at St. Louis Cardinals Talented Fan Video
Root, root, root for the home team and Strings Attached by voting today and each day until June 30th.
MAKE MUSIC DAY is an annual city-wide celebration of music that takes place on June 21. Anyone and everyone is invited to either join and play music, or host performances. Completely different from a typical music festival, Make Music Day is open to anyone who wants to take part. Every kind of musician — young and old, amateur and professional, of every musical persuasion — pours onto streets, parks, plazas, and porches to share their music with friends, neighbors, and strangers. All of it is free and open to the public.
Strings Attached project celebrated the day by playing music in front of the Ferguson Public Library, continuing our commitment to promote music education through libraries.
Strings Attached had a community ice cream social at the Whistle Stop Ice Cream Train Depot for the 2nd Annual “Play Music on the Porch Day.”
Throughout history it was common to hear live music on porches, in yards and on street corners. Musicians would regularly surround themselves with friends and family to sing and play music together. This tradition is being lost as more people only experience music as passive entertainment instead of as a participatory celebration of life.
PLAY MUSIC ON THE PORCH DAY invites musicians to revive the tradition of gathering, singing and playing music outside with friends and family.
Join Strings Attached and Ferguson/Florissant School District’s Little Creek Nature Center on Saturday, October 28th for the annual Fall “Homecoming” celebration. Explore Little Creek’s 90 acres of wooded trails, refreshments, hayrides and family activities while Strings attached provides some music! Directions and more information: Little Creek Homecoming 2017
Join Strings Attached students and families at the 2017 “Christmas Guitars Recital” on Friday, December 1st at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church Parish Hall! Help Strings Attached start the Holiday season on December 1st with our annual Christmas guitars program. Kids perform with guitars and ukuleles . The event is FREE. Please bring a plate of cookies to share. Directions and more information:
Contact us about bringing American roots music artists to visit your school:
If you missed our spring 2017 concert check out some video from the event!
This years’ AWARD GUITARS recipients: Each year we give students instruments who come to their lessons regularly, practice and give back to the community through performance. This year we’re giving out award guitars to 12 students! Thank you to all the donors who have made it possible again in 2017: Congrats to our guitar award-winning students. Keep up the great music-making with your new instruments!
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