Tonight Conway’s own School of Rock, Conway Institute of Music, will bring their rock stars in training to the King’s Live Music stage to benefit the Boys and Girls Club of Faulkner County.
Conway Institute of Music students of all ages form rock bands, said Director Jim Skelton, sometimes pop, sometimes country, but the experience is completely their own as they pick out their band name and the songs they play.
Tonight’s line up will include student bands Loud Mouth and Pandemonium, and individual performances by students Alea Jeremiah, Audrey Swain, Anna Mabrey, Michael Cusack, and Brad Boogaerts, mostly vocal and guitar Skelton said.
There will also be performances by the Instructor Band and the Band: 106, consisting of Skelton, CIM teacher John Buzzard and local musician/singer songwriter Scott Rains debuting original songs.
Skelton said this would be an opportunity for he and the instructors to show the kids what they can do.
“We like to lead by example,” he said.
Skelton has several student musicians who participate in Boys and Girls Club, so it was a natural fit for the institute to support the Faulkner County chapter.
Skelton first started partnering with Kings Live Music in October and has held a CIM Night every two months since, but tonight may be the last performance for a while.
The institute is going to start doing four shows a year to give the kids a little longer to get ready for their next gig, Skelton said.
The event is free to the public, but attendees are encouraged to fill the donation jar with all proceeds benefiting the Boys and Girls Club of Faulkner County.
During their nights on the stage, the little rockers have raised nearly $600 for the organization so far.
“The main thing is we want to teach our kids about philanthropy and giving back to the community,” Skelton said. “It’s all about the kids.”
Liberty Parks, area director for the Boys and Girls Club of Faulkner County, said she is looking forward to seeing Anna Mabrey perform tonight because she is one of the club’s junior staff members.
Tonight will be Mabrey’s second time to perform on the King’s stage.
Parks said the CIM Nights enable the Boys and Girls Club staff to get to know the children who participate in their programs even better.
“We hope to know more about them and get involved outside the club,” she said. “We get to know this part of Anna that we wouldn’t have other wise.”
Parks said the Boys and Girls Club uses the money raised at CIM Night to buy art supplies, books and things for games in the learning center.
CIM Night — Benefit for Boys and Girls Club of Faulkner County begins at 6 p.m. at King’s Live Music at 1020 Front St. Admission is free, but be sure to bring cash to fill the donation jar.