Dear Rock U. rockers, parents, friends, fans, and families:
The Lads from Liverpool said it this way:
You know, if you break my heart I’ll go
But I’ll be back again
Rock U. got a piece of news this week that wasn’t unexpected, but still broke our hearts just a bit. Our annual Rock U. En Seine festival, scheduled this year for 14, 20, and 21 June, has finally, officially, been cancelled. Our wonderful venues La Javelle and Bal de la Marine tried as hard as they could to make this fantastic event work out, but it just can’t be done under the current rules and conditions. So, with regret, we’ve accepted the inevitable, and there will be no Rock U. en Seine in 2020.
But, like the Fab Four, we know it’s not over. We’re doing everything we can to make sure this year at Rock U. ends with a bang, not a whimper. Here’s what we’ve got planned as the school year winds down.
Kids’ and teen bands
Our bands and teachers have been rocking hard all spring and are now putting the finishing touches on a bunch of great new videos and audio tracks. Stay tuned as always on Rock U.’s Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, and SoundCloud channels for our final releases of the year. And mark your calendars – we’re already booked at La Boule Noire on 13 December 2020 for our Fall Concert. And we can’t wait!
We won’t be hosting our usual summer bands at Rock U., but instead we’ll offer an amazing lineup of online summer courses, ranging from group ukulele bands to songwriting workshops to one-on-one tutorials in sound engineering. And best of all, you can take them from anywhere in the world. Summer courses will be announced early next week, so stay tuned!
Our adult bands have returned to the studio after a long hiatus and are rocking some great new songs! We hope to play them for you onstage near the end of July, watch this space for more.
For the first time ever, our talented instructors will be offering lessons throughout the summer via Skype and Zoom. Private lessons work really well online, and it doesn’t matter where in the world you are as long as you have an internet connection and an instrument. If you’d like to take lessons this summer, you can sign up here.
I just want to add one final, and personal, word of thanks to our amazing teachers. They’ve worked harder than ever to bring the joy of rock ‘n’ roll to our students under unprecedented conditions, and have my deep admiration and gratitude for their efforts. Thanks, Crew!
Let’s give Freddie the last word…
Empty spaces, what are we living for?
Abandoned places, I guess we know the score, on and on
Does anybody know what we are looking for?
The show must go on
The show must go on
I’ll face it with a grin, I’m never giving in
On with the show
Stay chill, hang tough, make music,
and have a great summer!
Matt and the Rock U. Crew