Boys & Girls Clubs of Sonoma Valley has kicked off a transformative music program with the Visiting Artist Series.
The Visiting Artist Series brings professional musicians from the community into the club to share their talents and experiences. The goal of the series is to expose kids to different types of music and musicians. The series is intended to pique club members’ interest in instruments and playing music.
The Visiting Artist Series program is the first step in a full ladder of music exposure and education that will be offered at the club. Each artist will play music for the club members and also lead a discussion about music. Artists will share early learning experiences with music, what led the artist to choose music as a profession, experiences as a professional performer, and ways that music has helped to improve other areas of life. Club members will be encouraged to experience the instruments personally and sing along.
The Visiting Artist Series is a cooperative effort led by Vanessa and Rand Rognlien, parents and long time supporters of the Boys & Girls Clubs, and MusicNomad, a Sonoma based company that helps independent musicians.
The program continues from 3:30 to 4:15 p.m. Wednesdays at the Maxwell Clubhouse. Musicians include Feb. 19, Ellen Toscano, performer in Beach Blanket Babylon; Feb. 26, Izi, ukulele; March 5, Aaron Redner, strings; March 12, Scott DeMartini and Mikey Cannon, drums; March 26, Sarah Summers, songwriter. April dates to be announced soon.
The club is located at 100 W. Verano Ave., in the Maxwell Farms Regional Park.