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Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Lifesavas + Starfucker Put "Music In The Schools"

Posted by Ezra Ace Caraeff on Wed, Jun 3, 2009 at 8:06 AM


In honor of their third year, the Music In The Schools benefit is pulling out all the stops with their best lineup yet:

Two big name Portland bands—hiphop icons Lifesavas and DayGlo connoisseurs Starfucker—will be sharing the stage with a pair of local acts, Starparty (described as "a 3-part indie group from Wilson High School") and Don't Hurt Miles! (an adorable sounding "ska band from Grant High School") for a fundraiser that raises cash for music programs in the financially-strapped Portland public schools. The show will take place on the 11th of June at Cleveland High School, and for more info on the organization, click your way to the jump.

End Hits: The kids are aiight.

Two years ago, Dash Robb, now a sophomore at Oberlin College in Ohio spearheaded the 1st annual ‘Music In The Schools’ benefit concert with several other Lincoln students. Held at Cleveland High School with an attendance of over 500, these students raised over $7,000 that was evenly distributed throughout the districts high school music programs.

Last year, students from several Portland Public high schools worked together to continue the success of the 2007 concert. With a stellar underground Hip-Hop lineup, these students raised over $20,000 by drawing in over 1,500 students and music fans from around the city.

This year, the Music in the Schools committee is comprised of about 15 students from Portland area high schools who have been working diligently since September to organize this year's concert. With the multi-genre line up, they hope to bring together at least 500 of their peers and community members to have a show as successful as the 2007 concert.

Because of budget cuts over that past few years, Portland Public Schools' music programs have gradually been disappearing and as students we feel motivated and passionate about keeping music in our schools.

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