Nonprofit Music Resource Center showcases teen talent at new live series in Evanston

CINCINNATI -- Some of the Queen City's youngest musical talent will show off their chops Wednesday night at the inaugural edition of the Music Resource Center's quarterly live music showcase, called The Sampler.

The free series will feature performances from MRC's diverse community of teens from seventh through 12th grades who are hoping to become tomorrow's recording artists, vocalists and musicians. 

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Founded in 2007, the Music Resource Center offers music lessons in guitar, drums, bass, piano and voice as well as a place for teens to record their band’s songs, learn sound engineering, practice, make beats or pick the simpler tasks of doing their homework or having an after-school snack and hot dinner. Teen members pay just $2 per month, and scholarships are available.

MRC's Executive Director Karen D'Agostino and staff member Max Raphael were special guests on 9 On Your Side on Jan. 25, 2011. Watch that conversation in the video player below.

“Music Resource Center’s youth take great care in developing their songs and learning about music,” said MRC Program Manager Nick Rose in a news release. “It’s amazing to see them bounce their creative lyrics and beats amongst our teaching staff. Providing members with an opportunity to bring their ideas to the stage feels like the perfect way to celebrate how far they’ve come as young artists.”

Prior to showtime, a casual dinner provided by Snack in a Sak will be served in The Venue from 5:30 to 6 p.m., where guests can mingle, meet MRC’s staff and volunteers, and learn how MRC’s programs empower the musical ambitions of teens from all of Cincinnati’s neighborhoods. Performances will last from 6 to 7 p.m.

"I love how our Sampler brings together people from all walks of life; students, volunteers, donors, and staff share a meal and celebrate the music being created at MRC,” D'Agostino said in a news release.

The Music Resource Center is a multifaceted teen program that has operated in its 7,900-square-foot space at 3032 Woodburn Avenue in Evanston since 2009. MRC’s mission is to use recording and performing arts, life skills and mentoring to create a sense of empowerment and accomplishment in the community. MRC is a nonprofit organization that is funded by private donations, foundations and corporate support.

If you go

Wednesday, March 22
Music Resource Center
3032 Woodburn Ave.

Free of charge.
Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Performances at 6 p.m.
Free parking is available in the lot adjacent to MRC.
More information here

MRC is always looking for volunteers to teach music lessons or to help out in other ways. For more information, contact them at 513-834-8304 or info@mrccinci.org.

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