To celebrate North Port’s Rock Box two-year anniversary, it’s hosting “Attack of the 90s” at 3 p.m. Saturday.

Angel Bartolotta is having Rock Box students put on the ’90s alternative punk rock show and said he wants to “bring it to the town.”

The festival-like show takes place outside Rock Box at 5400 S. Biscayne Drive, with a cost of $5.

The Rock Box Music School & Stage in North Port is a performance-based school, where private lessons are taught, and there is a full venue with a stage and recording studio, he said.

“Students get more than just going into a lesson room and learning out of a book and then going home and practicing,” Bartolotta said.

The school has no age limit restrictions. Bartolotta said that the youngest drummer he had started at age 2, and now at age 3 he can barely put together sentences in words, but he can read full-on sheet music and play drums.

Bartolotta’s oldest student is 82.

All the teachers at the school, including Bartolotta, have all been in bands, and all have experience. Bartolotta has toured all over the world.

Starting out with just four lesson rooms, the school has expanded due to successes and now has nine.

The students are starting to put together a compilation compact disc where they have written their own songs and played them.

The school has 10 teachers.

The following are the instruments and lessons taught at the school: voice, piano, guitar, bass, drums, world percussion, ukulele, mandolin, banjo, violin, viola, fiddle, cello, horns, trumpet, trombone, tuba, flute, clarinet and saxophone.

“After school, students that are in their school band or orchestra come to us and get that little extra one-on-one time help,” Bartolotta said.

A total of 16 students will be performing more than two hours of music at the show. There will be a full band with bass, guitar, drums and vocals. In one song, a 12-string guitar will be played and a violin in another.

Songs from bands including Nirvana, Green Day, Soundgarden, The Offspring, Foo Fighters, Red Hot Chili Peppers and The Cranberries will be featured.

There will be a few vendors at the event including Shiver Shack and RB3 petals.

“Most music schools do little recitals where the kid goes on stage and plays a song and that’s it, but we’re going to turn it into like a rock show; this is the real deal. It’s going to be big, loud and awesome,” Bartolotta said.

Bartolotta said he knows it sounds generic, but being able to share some of his love for music with other people and seeing the students jamming with each other without the teacher’s help and seeing them form bands, is really rewarding and is the best part.

To contact the school or find out more info, go to www.rockboxmusic, like them on facebook at musicschool or call the school at 941-200-2163.


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