Written by Brittany Tressler
Rock & Roll After School has opened up show at The Marketplace at Collegeville on Second Avenue, offering a chance for kids aged 7 to 18 to play and perform their own music.
The new location doubles the size of the operation, which was previously located in Franklin Commons in Phoenixville, featuring a large performance stage with 24-channel professional sound and lighting, seating for more than 200, ten music lesson rooms, two game rooms, a half-court basketball court, a parents lounge, a prep kitchen, and much more.
“Ours is a safe, fun environment where kids are excited to learn, write, play and perform music with other kids, and can socialize, interact and play games with each other without mobile devices,” said Rock & Roll After School owner Erin Riley. “By being located in the Marketplace with all of its amenities, the experience is easier now for parents who may want to shop or run errands while their kids are here learning and practicing music, and having fun.”
The move allows for additional lesson and rehearsing rooms, better sound preparation, private party rentals and more parking.
Artist Kurt Dupuis created large, colorful custom murals, a “signature of Rock & Roll After School’s former location,” Riley said.
Rock & Roll After School provides individual instruction in guitar, bass, drums and keyboards, along with voice and songwriting and other instruments upon request. Students learn to write and play original music, participate in band sessions and summer music camps, and perform regularly at community events and concerts.
The business will hold a grand opening on Feb. 12. For more information, visit the Rock & Roll After School Website.