Student rock bands booked to perform at library

April 27, 2010

By David Hayes

The Kaleidoscope School of Music returns for its fourth year outside the Issaquah Library with five student rock bands to help kick off the DownTown Issaquah Association’s ArtWalk.

Three teen bands and two adult bands will perform about 50 songs, covering classics from the ’60s to some of today’s modern rock.

Teacher Charles McCrone said the students have been rehearsing since October to get ready. The teen groups will perform 30- to 40-minute sets while the adult bands get one hour each.

“We’ll keep on performing until they stick a hook out and pull us off stage,” McCrone said.

McCrone started the rock ensemble classes at Kaleidoscope in 2001 and his students made their debut in 2004 at the Fenders on Front Street car show.Each student, ranging in age from 12 to 50, suggests some songs for their groups to learn and McCrone steers them toward others that are essential for their playlists, such “Baba O’Riley” by The Who, “Renegade” by Styx and “I Will Follow” by U2.

McCrone and his wife Malena will help fill out the bands’ rosters — she as a singer and bass player, and he on guitar and bass.

McCrone said performing outside the library is a unique experience for his students.

“Most concerts, you purchase a ticket and know there will be an audience,” he said. “Here, you have to create an audience by playing, rain or shine, and hope people show up.”

And show up the community has, he said. As the word gets out each year, the audience grows outside the library. Last year, he counted between 80 and 100 in one crowd.

“That was not the case the first couple years,” he said. “Our reputation and students since have gotten better.”

David Hayes: 392-6434, ext. 237, Comment at

If you go

Five rock band from Kaleidoscope School of Music

  • 5-9 p.m. May 7
  • Outside the Issaquah Library, 10 W. Sunset Way
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