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High Schoolers Serve Up Sweet Sounds at Homegrown

Updated: 04/29/2014 10:24 PM
Created: 04/29/2014 9:51 PM WDIO.com
By: Travis Dill
tdill@wdio.com

With the Homegrown Music Festival in full swing some high school students took to the stage Tuesday night to rock the skills they developed at the Armory's Music Resource Center.

The Potluck Communists served up a delectable taste of ska music at the Depot's Underground as the opening act. Guitarist and lead vocalist Nick Carlson Becklund described ska as uptempo reggae, and he had one goal for the band's Homegrown performance.

“I really want to have fund and music is definitely a way for me to do that and hopefully help other people have fun,” Carlson Becklund said.

The crowd ate up every succulent sound, and Carlson Becklund said it was all thanks to the Armory's Music Resource Center (MRC).

“The Music Resource Center is a great place for a lot of other musicians that don't have acces to equipment,” Carlson Becklund said.

Students in grades 6-12 can learn to play free of charge through the MRC. Music Instructor Darin Bergsven said getting three student bands scheduled in Homegrown was a terrific experience for them.

“To have a full 45-minute set and be promoted all over town and have the news here it's a whole other level for them,” Bergsven said. “For a lot of them this is their first show. Some of them are more experienced, but it's always exciting to play Homegrown.”

He said there is always room for more students at the MRC, and he hopes the center can continue to produce more local bands to fuel Homegrown for years to come.

Carlson Becklund said The Potluck Communists might just hit the festival again next year.

“We would like to keep on doing it for about as long as we can,” he said.

The Potluck Communists were just the opening act. Transparency and The Lockpicks also played in the MRC's Homegrown Showcase.

Click here for more information on joining the Armory's Music Resource Center and how to support it.

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