Rockstock a showcase of Prince Rupert talent

Ring System Music Studio students are anticipating this year's Rockstock performance taking place on Saturday, May 25.

Ring System Music Studio students are anticipating this year’s Rockstock performance taking place on Saturday, May 25.

While the annual show raises money for local groups, Ian Lihou, Ring System Music Studio music instructor, said the most important aspect of the show is his students having fun on stage. Students say there is no shortage of that, even if it is a little nerve-racking.

“It’s cool and scary to be on stage,” Kacey Kiesman, a student of Lihou’s, said.

“It’s like the only opportunity we get to go on stage and play for people,” Meaghan Cunningham, another student, said.

Young musicians will be performing just under 30 pop, rock and country songs by artists such as Adele, the Beatles, Bob Marley, Miranda Lambert, Supertramp, Sheryl Crow, the Eli Young Band, Taylor Swift, Avril Lavigne, Linkin Park and more.

“There will be something for everybody and all ages,” Lihou said.

Approximately 50 students will be performing in the Rockstock, which are all of Lihou’s students. Some will be performing on stage for their first time, while others have been featured in the music teacher’s concerts since they started being put on a number of years ago.

“They get better and better every year. It’s so much fun for me to watch,” said Lihou.

The youngest performers in Rockstock will be nine years old, with students being as old as 18. Many of the budding musicians have been taking lessons together for years and have formed bonds because of it.

“It’s nice to see their relationships grow as they get older and play with each other,” said Lihou.

“They all support each other really well, and are always willing to help each other out with songs.”

Both Rockstock and the annual Christmas concert Ring System Music Studio students put on benefit groups in the community, with money raised at this year’s Rockstock performance going toward purchasing new equipment for the Lester Centre of the Arts. The Lester Centre has been a repeated choice for fundraising because of the value it holds to not only Prince Rupert musicians, but the community as a whole.

Admission for Rockstock will be by donation. The concert will begin at 7 p.m.