For those about to rock – why not help out a great cause? For the talented young performers from Supercat Studio’s School of Rock that cause is KAAP (Kootenay Animal Assistance Program).
The musicians will be headlining “Rock for the Paws”, a fundraising concert which goes Friday July 27 at the Genelle Hall.
I dropped by the Supercat Studios to chat with guru Yanive Feiner and hear the band play. I was impressed with the energy and enthusiasm of the band members as well as the talent.
“It’s going really good,” said Feiner. “It’s been lots of fun. This weeks camp’s theme is classic rock and metal. So we’re going back to the 80’s and 90’s up to now.”
The camp is in its fifth year and has two categories: the intermediate group and they also have beginner “School of Rock” camp. The campers rehearse and jam together and at the end of the session perform together as a band.
“There’s lots of instruction and rehearsal and more rehearsal,” said Feiner. “Next week we’re going to be writing and rehearsing originals. It’s a two week camp – four hours a day. They’re working like a real working band. So they do everything that a real band would do to prepare for a show.”
Feiner says that the studio often performs fundraising events for local charities.
“We haven’t done anything for the animals since last year for the record breaking event,” he said. “So we thought this would be a great opportunity to raise some money for KAAP, which does a lot of work in the community for animals in need. They’re all volunteers so every little bit helps.”
Supercat Studios has two more camps coming up which still have room. The beginner camp runs August 6-10 for ages 6 and up.
Drummer/singer Colton Low has been going to rock camp for a couple of years now and still enjoys the thrill of performing.
“It’s fun,” he said. “I love it. I love making music; love playing music. It’s a free way to express yourself.”
Low likes rock and alternative rock and likes to play loud. He enjoys jamming at camp and performing on stage.
“I like getting to meet new people and playing with new people,” he said. “I still get a little nervous before the show. But as soon as I get up there and start something comes over me and I just go nuts. I love it.”
The “Rock for the Paws” show goes from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. on Friday, July 27 at the Genelle Hall. Also performing at the show is Reiss Zibin. The show is all ages and is by donation.