KIDSTOCK at Belleayre; free family fun on Sunday
Highmount — KIDSTOCK® will take over at Belleayre Mountain on Sunday, Aug. 23 starting at 1 p.m. with a full afternoon of family-friendly music and an interactive festival to benefit the Friends of Snuffy Food Pantry Program.
Commemorating the 40th anniversary of the original Woodstock Festival, Uncle Rock, the Belleayre Music Conservatory and original festival co-producer Michael Lang of Woodstock Ventures present KIDSTOCK®! Special guests will be Paul Green’s School of Rock All-Stars.
Family music troubadour Uncle Rock will host and kick off the festivities at 1 p.m. Backed by the Playthings, the rockin’ Uncle performs original songs that combine the heart of Pete Seeger with the upbeat rhythms of the Beatles, James Brown and the Ramones.
Following Uncle Rock will be special guests, Paul Green’s School of Rock All-Stars. Ranging in age from kindergarten to high school, this band is the cream of the world-renowned Paul Green’s School of Rock, the real-life inspiration behind the Jack Black movie. Their “Tribute to the Music of Woodstock” will close the day.
Festivalgoers of all ages are encouraged to dress in the style of their favorite musical era or musician. Everyone will get an eyeful at the Rock & Roll Fashion Show, which will feature small fry strutting the stage in everything from punk to hip hop to glam fashions.
For a donation to Friends of Snuffy’s pet food pantry program, visitors can take the Musical Woodland Journey which brings a combination of history and social consciousness to KIDSTOCK®. By walking through the surrounding trees, wayfaring festival attendees will get an opportunity to encounter music pioneers from Robert Johnson to Janis Joplin to Johnny Rotten.
In addition, visitors can enjoy a Kids’ Pet Poetry Reading; kids can recite poems about their fine feathered and furred friends, or they can compose them on the spot at the FOS booth.
Founded in 2006 by music business vet Mary Gormley, Friends of Snuffy is a 501c3 nonprofit organization whose current mission is to help animals stay out of shelters by providing food for owners hit by hard economic times. Previous Snuffyfests have included a James Blunt concert and silent auction, featuring items donated by artists from Sheryl Crow to Peter Max to Eminem.
A multi-generational event, KIDSTOCK® will be a chance for kids, parents and grandparents to have a shared rock and roll experience that will include classic tunes, audience participation, wicked clothes, a music history lesson, and social consciousness. With air guitar, face painting, hula hoops, a kids’ clothing swap, a silent auction and more, KIDSTOCK® promises to be a memorable summer event for the time capsule – much like a certain festival held in these same hills 40 years ago this year.
KIDSTOCK® is part of the Belleayre Music Festival that takes place on the grounds of Belleayre Mountain in Highmount. For info visit www.belleayre music.org or call 800 942-6904, ext. 1344.