Buona Sera Ristorante & Catering is hosting an evening of jazz to benefit The Nevada Academy of Rock n’ Roll.
Douglas graduate Anthony Janssen opened the music school April 1 in Gardnerville.
“This is something the Carson Valley needs. There’s nothing like it here,” Janssen said. “With music getting taken out of the schools, kids are losing touch with their creative side. I’m very excited to get it going,”
School tuition covers piano, voice, guitar, bass or drum lessons for ages 6 to adults.
“We’ll be forming bands with each age group,” Janssen said. “I’d love to get kids interested in performing. We’ll be performing all genres of music, but rock and roll is the easiest genre for us to start from.”
More than a dozen professional musicians, and some of Janssen’s students, will perform 5 to 9 p.m. April 9 at the restaurant located at 1799 B Ironwood Drive in Minden.
Musicians include CeCe Gable, Tim Goldsmith, Jimmy Vermillion, Tom Stryker, Barbara Baxter, Peter Supersano and others.
Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 at the door and includes a buffet dinner.
“We really love music, and believe in Anthony,” said Cindi Otto, restaurant owner. “And our Valley really needs more music instruction.”
Half of the proceeds from the bar that night will be donated to school scholarships and operating costs, plus $5 from every ticket sold.
To purchase tickets, call 783-3211, or stop by Buona Sera.
For more information on the music school, visit www.nvrockschool.com.