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Canal Room

Rock Asylum: Kids Rock Benefit Concert

Sunday, May 20, 2012 2:00 PM EDT (2:00 PM Doors)
Canal Room, New York, NY
21 years and over

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Featuring live performance by Z02 and The Comedy Magic of Adam Auslander


The Rock Asylum Foundation is a 501c3 organization, dedicated to creating opportunities for elementary age students to engage in learning the Common Core Standards through original music, both recorded and live. These songs are being written to target issues, both academic and social, that are often challenging for students in high-risk areas. Interactive concerts will be donated to schools, inspiring and inviting students to participate in learning these educational songs. It is our mission to create a catalogue of music for schools that will motivate young people to achieve academic and personal success and to become creative, confident, well-rounded adults.

Paulie Z, a professional musician and former teacher, founded Rock Asylum. Along with his band, ZO2, Paulie has toured with bands such as KISS, Poison, Twister Sister, Stone Temple Pilots, and Alice Cooper. By day, he doubles as a childrens entertainer with his other band, the Z Brothers, and has been working with children from ages ten and under for the better part of a decade.

As he progressed in his career, Paulie began noticing a significant lack of inspiration and motivation with the students he came across in regard to their schoolwork. He also noticed the same students that struggled with their academics had no problem remembering the lyrics to their favorite songs. The questions Paulie asked himself were, What would happen if we could write modern rock style songs that were composed specifically for students academics? What if we supplemented their traditional lesson plans with radio standard rock music? How much cooler would learning be if Bon Jovi wrote a song about how the three branches of government functioned? We ourselves might better understand how that works today. 

Paulie found a bunch of like-minded people who share that same vision, of a future where every lesson plan will have a corresponding rock song, and learning of any kind is not limited to merely information, but experience. We personally would have paid a lot more attention in Chemistry if the Beastie Boys played Sounds of Science for us in person.

Many people share a vision of using music to help kids do better in their academics. People who feel music is not expendable or recreational. People who know that music, when utilized properly, can be a powerful tool to unlock the potential to do well in ALL subjects. These are the people who make up the creative team of Rock Asylum!


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