An area music school is dedicated to getting novice musicians ready to rock live onstage, and now they're taking their show on the road to Bolingbrook.
Plainfield's School of Rock location opened in June, and already its students, ages 7 to 18, are getting ready to perform a "British Invasion"-themed show at Tailgaters, 431 W. Boughton Rd. in Bolingbrook. The shows are set for 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7, and 6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 8.
"It's a wide range of emotions," School of Rock owner Jason Fein said with a laugh, noting some students are eager to take the stage, while others are a bit nervous.
During the "British Invasion" show, students will perform music by artists whose sound took the U.S. by storm in the mid-1960s, from the Beatles and Rolling Stones to The Animals, The Who and The Monkees.
On Sunday, Gary Loizzo of The American Breed will join School of Rock students to perform his band's big hit, "Bend Me, Shape Me," Fein said. Loizzo is also a producer who has worked extensively with Styx and REO Speedwagon.
Fein said reaction from students to the "British Invasion" theme has been mixed, considering that, for the most part, the songs were recorded before their parents were even born.
"I would say it's probably 50/50," he said. "Some of them were singing along, some of them had no idea," Fein added with a laugh.
Tickets are on sale at School of Rock in downtown Plainfield for $5 each; they can also be purchased at the door for $10.