By Stacy Kess
Adam Furay, owner of the Delaware Music Academy, wanted something more than the typical recital for his students studying pop and rock music.
To do that, he’s throwing out the recital in the alley on Saturday, August 9, when his students and three Columbus-based bands will perform at Delaware’s first Rally In The Alley.
Furay said for his students, this is their first taste of “touring” as a band, something to simulate the goals of the young performers.
“(The students are) flipping out,” he said. “This is a little bit more than just a recital. When you take music lessons anywhere, that’s the best you can hope for – an informal concert for friends and family. We’re skipping a few steps.”
When Furay opened the Delaware Music Academy in 2013, his goal was to give his students the most opportunities available. He said the traditional recital wasn’t enough for truly immersing his pop and rock students.
Furay worked with his instructors to form ROCKSHOP, a program designed for these students. The first two concerts were held at The Backstretch, 14 S. Sandusky St.
Both were a success, Furay said.
Then came the bad news: the annual music festival Jeff’s Jam at Backstretch would be postponed this year, with the next one slated for 2015.
There was only one option: take ROCKSHOP to the streets - 27 W. William St., to be precise.
“Since Jeff’s Jam wasn’t happening this year, we decided to turn it into a festival instead of just a showcase,” Furay said.
Seven of his students’ bands will open for Columbus bands Three Ton Toad, The Fabulous Johnson Brothers and Bad Medicine, a tribute to Bon Jovi and Journey.
The Backstretch will provide food and a beer truck for concertgoers while the music plays.
Student bands begin performing at 4 p.m. The concert continues until 11:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 at the door or can be pre-ordered at www.delawaremusicacademy.com.
For more information, visit www.delawaremusicacademy.com or www.facebook.com/DelawareMusicAcademy.
Reporter Stacy Kess can be found on Twitter @StacyMKess.