After ten years of touring nationally and internationally with The Bridge, Kenny Liner says he has decided to hang up his mandolin and give back to the city he loves through the development of his foundation Believe in Music.Â Â
Believe in Music is a non-profit organization whose aim is to uplift underprivileged Baltimore City students academically, culturally and spiritually. Their mission is to promote self-expression and community awareness through music education. Students will foster a deep connection with music in their own lives, and gain the tools to be able express their culture, struggles and triumphs through music. They will come away from the program seeing music as a way to uplift themselves as well as their community.
Linerâ€™s former band mates in The Bridge will come together for a special reunion show to help raise money for Believe in Music.Â Â As part of the celebration of Baltimore Beer Week, The Maryland Science Center will present a night of incredible music October 27 as The Bridge will reunite for one evening only.Â In addition to two full sets from The Bridge, there will be opening sets from Caleb Stine, DJ Who, and Cirque Oya.Â There will also be rooftop lounges with DJ sets, a showing of the IMAX movie Hubble 3D, and the Science Centerâ€™s exhibits will be remain open throughout the evening.Â Beers from the Flying Dog Brewery, Marylandâ€™s largest brewery, will be proudly served.
October 27 – Maryland Science Center
The Bridge (2 Sets)
Caleb Stine, DJ Who, and Cirque Oya
Tickets can be purchased here http://www.missiontix.com/thebridge
Believe in Music is working in partnership with Living Classrooms, a non- profit that has provided innovative educational and job-training programs for youth and young adults in high-risk environments since 1985.Â Through Living Classrooms, Believe in Music will hold classes in two youth centers in East Baltimore â€“ the Carmelo Anthony Youth Development Center, which serves kids from six nearby public housing complexes, and The Power House, which serves the youth of Perkins Homes, Baltimoreâ€™s largest public housing complex.
The program, which is based on Marylandâ€™s state music education curriculum, runs classes and is intended for students in the elementary and middle school age range, but can be adapted to any age level.Â Students will gain a worldview of the musical landscape and learn how to write, perform and record music using non-traditional instruments and rhythmic patterns.
Music will be studied as a creative outlet through its cultural history and context. Students will learn about how music reflects life in Baltimore and beyond, musicâ€™s connection to dance, theater and visual arts, and how music functions as an art form and essential part of life around the world.
In addition to gaining a musical worldview, students will learn how to compose, record and perform songs by themselves or with an ensemble. Although none of these skills will require reading music or traditional instruments, students will even learn about improvisation and technologyâ€™s ever-changing role in music. The program will also expose students to different careers in music and how they can be creatively fulfilling while also benefitting their community.
To make a donation to Believe in Music, please visit here http://www.livingclassrooms.org/news/believeinmusic