Benefit for a great cause with some fantastic music. We also have a pair of tickets ($50!) to give away for this show. All you need to do is comment on this post and we will draw a winner Saturday morning. Winner will be emailed.
Reminder: Also, we give out free tickets every Thursday to our Portland Facebook Group including to many shows including shows at Doug Fir, Roseland, Berbatis, Holocene, Someday Lounge and many more. Join it if you like free stuff.
Update: Ticket winner is commenter #21.
From Press Release:
Community Looks to Rock 'N Roll to Help Save a Portland High School From Immanent Closure
WHO: Alec Ounsworth of Clap Your Hands Say Yeah!, Storm Large, Peter Buck of R.E.M., Steve Berlin of Los Lobos, The Minus 5, The Dimes, and Linda Hornbuckle
WHAT: LEP Rocks! A Concert Benefiting Portland's LEP School (Leadership & Entrepreneurship Public Charter School)
WHEN: May 10th, 2009 at 8:00pm
WHERE: Mississippi Studios – 3939 N. Mississippi, Portland, Oregon 97227 – www.mississippistudios.com
WHY: Caught in the middle of a slumping economy, city bureaucracy, and what appears to be a nasty game of politics seeded deep within Portland Public Schools, Portland's Leadership and Entrepreneurial Public Charter High School (www.lephigh.org) has been targeted for closure at the end of the school year. Working hard and fighting back with every available resource, communities across Portland are taking a stand to raise the necessary funds to keep the school operating for at least another year. In addition to the benefit concert, Rock 'N Roll memorabilia, including autographed items from Elvis Costello, G Love, and an acoustic guitar signed by The Decemberists will be raffled off to help raise money.
The Portland Public School Board voted on March 30th to close the LEP School at the end of the current school year, deeming it an economic failure. While Portland Public Schools (PPS) claim the charter school has a $143,000 deficit, LEP School administrators argue that those numbers are outdated and claim the actual deficit is approximately $60,000 – which they plan to raise before the school year ends.
Portland Public Schools' board of educationÃƒâ€š voted 6-1 to deny LEP High's future at their March 30th session – a meeting packed with a diverse cross section of Portland's community, including students, teachers and parents. Most of those in attendance voiced that they'd been hoping for a different outcome for the school.
Steve Berlin of the legendary rock band, Los Lobos – also the father of a LEP student – explained, “I am honored to be part of a benefit for this wonderful, inspiring school. LEP High has made a huge difference in our lives and my daughters' approach to learning.Ãƒâ€š I am hopeful that the school will continue to provide similar opportunities for all Portland students and parents."
LEP High is a small (250 students) enrollment school offeringÃƒâ€š a rigorous curriculum, integrated academic support, and hands-on learning geared toward helping every student achieve excellence, regardless of economics, background or other challenges. More than 60 percent of the students attending LEP School qualify as coming from low income families.
Faced with an immanent crisis, the community continues to rally around the LEP School and many groups appear determined to raise the necessary funding to change the school district's mind. May 10th's LEP Rocks! event is expected to be a community celebration and yet another reminder of the impactful role the school plays in the City of Portland.
Tickets are available at www.mississippistudios.com for $25 in advance; $30 day of show and there are a limited number of VIP seats for $75 which include private seating, an event poster, wine and hors d'oeuvres.
MP3 DOWNLOAD: Here is an MP3 link to a new, yet to be released song from headlining artist, Alec Ounsworth of Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, titled, “15 Oceans with Harp”: Alec Ounsworth – 15 Oceans with Harp