Kids Rock

Touted as a “gala for a new generation,” tonight’s Real Rock Star Awards will turn the spotlight on teens who take classes at local music and social-empowerment organization Youth on Record. The nonprofit works with Denver Public Schools and area residential treatment centers, connecting with students ages 16 to 21 who are interested in learning more about the creation and production of their own music and the power to bring about social change through art.

The best of the best from Youth on Record’s programs will be honored tonight at the awards ceremony, which will give kids the “rock star treatment,” including hair styling, makeup, gala-ready clothes, limousine rides and paparazzi photos. “We look at every kid individually; we look at how much they’ve improved, how invested they are in their own future and what sort of leadership and support role they’ve taken on with their peers,” says Youth on Record executive director Jami Duffy.

The evening will feature a red-carpet entrance, catered cuisine and live performances from local acts who are involved with Youth on Record’s day-to-day programs, among them Bianca Mikahn, the Soul Pros, Molina Speaks and others. Youth on Record’s Real Rock Star Awards start at 6 p.m. at the McNichols Building, 144 West Colfax Avenue. Information and tickets, $100, are available at youthonrecord.org.
Thu., Sept. 25, 6-11 p.m., 2014

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Bree Davies is a multimedia journalist, artist advocate and community organizer born and raised in Denver. Rooted in the world of Do-It-Yourself arts and music, Davies co-founded Titwrench experimental music festival, is host of the local music and comedy show Sounds on 29th on CPT12 Colorado Public Television and is creator and host of the civic and social issue-focused podcast, Hello? Denver? Are You Still There? Her work is centered on a passionate advocacy for all ages, accessible, inclusive, non-commercial and autonomous DIY art spaces and music venues in Denver.
Contact: Bree Davies