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XLR

THE EXTRAORDINARY
LEAGUE OF ROCKERS
SEASON 7 - SPRING 2020

Become the rockstar you have always known you are.

JOIN XLRJOIN FIRESTARTERS

YOUR JOURNEY STARTS HERE

Join forces with your friends or let us help you build a band with other music students. Partner up with a coach and put their years of touring, musical wisdom, and audience-energizing performance to use. Rehearse together in a weekly 90 minute practice session. Build up the confidence to rock out onstage.

Before long you will increase your skill in the fundamentals of playing with other musicians.
Things like:

Finally, to certify your rockstar status, you and your band will perform in 3 live shows. The final performance -- The SHOWDOWN --  is a competition between other XLR bands to become “Season Champions”.

“I can't say enough about how much my kids enjoyed being part of XLR. It was the highlight of each week and they were sad when it was over. It was amazing to see them improve so much musically in such a short time. They gained confidence, stage presence, experience playing in a band, had tons of laughs and they can't wait to sign up again.” -A.M., Rocker Parent 

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ABOUT XLR

The eXtraordinary League of Rockers (XLR) is a unique music experience that takes future rockstars, aged 8 - 18 with a basic knowledge of their instrument, from jamming alone in their bedroom to rocking out in a band onstage.

In real venues. Playing the music they want to play.

Over the course of three months, students will not only gain the confidence to rock out onstage but also:

"Playing with others in a band has brought guitar to a whole new level for our son. He loves the teamwork and the connection.  There's no better way to learn an instrument!!" -D.S., Rocker Parent 

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PERFORMANCES

Pack the house with friends, family, and fans to create a one-of-a-kind experience where everyone leaves feeling like a rockstar.

Each season, bands will perform in 3 live shows: The Showup, The Showoff, and The Showdown. The final performance is a competition between all the XLR bands where they play in front of a panel of local industry judges to become “Season Champions”. All performances take place at premier music venues around the Portland metro area.

The winners of The Showdown will receive a prize package that includes:

"Playing with others in a band has brought guitar to a whole new level for our son. He loves the teamwork and the connection.  There's no better way to learn an instrument!!" -D.S., Rocker Parent 

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TOUR DATES

Season 2 Showdown Winners: Hectic!

The "Showup"
Saturday, March 14, 2020
Time & Location:
McMenamins White Eagle Saloon
836 N Russell St, Portland, OR 97227
12 pm

The "Showoff"
Saturday, April 18, 2020
Time & Location:
McMenamins White Eagle Saloon
836 N Russell St, Portland, OR 97227
12 pm

The "Showdown"
Saturday, May 16, 2020
Time & Location:
TBA

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XLR: FIRESTARTERS

Season 2 Showdown Winners: Hectic!

XLR Firestarters is specifically geared towards our younger and newer musicians who are eager to rock but are looking to get a lot of experience in a band before heading to the stage. They will learn to mesh and meld together as a band before performing as the opening act for the final performance of the season, The Showdown.

Any young musician between the ages of 8-12 with a basic knowledge of their instrument is encouraged to sign up!

Signing up for XLR: FIRESTARTERS for the season is easy! Stop by Concert School of Music, call in (503-682-9829) or register online. Fire Starters Season 7 pricing: $225.

JOIN THE LEAGUE

If you have questions before you sign up, please email
xlr@concertschool.com 
or call Concert School of Music at
503-682-9829.

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"XLR has been wonderful for not only our son, but our whole family… We have seen his confidence grow immensely as a musician, academically, and socially. XLR has exceeded all of our expectations and we can't wait for the next season!" -L.G., Rocker Parent 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

  1. How old do I have to be to join?

    Any young musician between the ages of 8-18 with a basic knowledge of their instrument is encouraged to sign up! Those between the ages of 8-12 who are looking to get a little more experience in a band before taking their performance to the stage are encouraged to join XLR Firestarters. If you are unsure which level to join, please contact Concert School of Music.
  2. Does it matter which instrument I play? Can I play multiple instruments?

    Bands come in all different shapes and sizes...any student with a basic knowledge of their instrument--or multiple instruments--are encouraged to sign up. There is no better way to learn an instrument than learning how to play it with others.

  3. Can I be in a band with my friend?

    Your skill level and preferred instrument are the basic criteria used for band placement, but we will certainly try to honor any requests to team up with your fellow rockers! Just be sure to let us know who you would like to be in a band with when registering.
  4. Where are rehearsals held?

    All practices are held at Concert School of Music.
  5. When are rehearsals?

    Each band practices once a week for 90-minutes (a total of 12 rehearsals per season). Rehearsal times vary depending on band, coach, and individual availability.
  6. Where are performances held?

    All performances are held at various music venues across the Portland metro area and may vary from season to season. Previous venues have included: Mississippi Studios, McMenamins White Eagle Saloon, Lola’s Room at the Crystal Ballroom, Canby Pioneer Chapel, and McMenamins Old Church.
  7. Are instruments provided or do I have to bring my own?

    Students must provide their own instruments as none are provided with the exception of an electronic drum set that is available for rehearsals.
  8. What if I have never played in a group before?

    No problem! Everyone starts as a beginner at some point and XLR is a great opportunity to learn about what it takes to be in a band.
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PRICING

Season 6 Showdown Winners: Zero South!

XLR Season 6 Champions: Zero South!

Signing up for The eXtraordinary League of Rockers for the season is easy! Stop by Concert School of Music, call in (503-682-9829) or register online. Our XLR Season 7 pricing is as follows:

If you have questions before you sign up, please email
xlr@concertschool.com 
or call Concert School of Music at
503-682-9829.

JOIN THE LEAGUE

"By having her own part to play in a rock quartet, [my daughter] had to perfect her skills and overcome her fears. This increased her confidence and allowed her to take her violin playing to the next level.” -B. P., Rocker Parent 

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MULTIMEDIA

Listen to our rockers in action by clicking on the tracks below to check out recordings from past XLR seasons. Sign up today to start your own journey to the stage!

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