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Friday, Feb. 6, Culture Shock Clothing, Gifts & Records will host “A Night of Vinyl” at the J.R. Sullivan Center in the Nordlof Center (118 N. Main St., in Rockford). The evening features the Midwest premier of Records Collecting Dust, a documentary about the cultural impact of vinyl, and a pop-up record shop from local record stores: Culture Shock Clothing & Records, Toad Hall Books and Music, Kate’s Pie Shop and Record Store, and Tin Dog Records. Doors open at 7 p.m. The documentary will begin at 8:30 p.m.
In lieu of admission, organizers are requesting a donation to BandWagon 2, an endowment benefiting the eight middle school music programs in Rockford Public Schools (RPS). BandWagon 2 is a collaborative effort between RPS and the Community Foundation of Northern Illinois (CFNIL). RPS and CFNIL have both committed $100,000 to the BandWagon 2 endowment. The two organizations are working together to raise an additional $100,000 from the community to create a $300,000 permanent endowment. The fundraising campaign began in October 2013, and currently stands at $70,000 of its $100,000 goal.
Lauren Davis, co-owner of Culture Shock Clothing & Records and organizer of the event, wanted to support the initiative after reading CFNIL President Gloria Lundin’s op-ed about BandWagon 2 in the Rockford Register Star. Davis believes in excellent fine arts opportunities for all students, but her desire to support BandWagon 2 is personal. She was a clarinet player in the music programs at R.E.S.A. Middle School and Guilford High School. At Guilford, she wore the band uniforms supplied by Bandwagon 1, a fundraising campaign led by CFNIL to supply band uniforms for the four high school bands in RPS District 205. Davis says, “If music hadn’t played such a large role in my life, who knows if I would be the owner of a local record store today!” Davis is also the executive director of Winnebago Buy Local and Lauren Davis Creative.
Dan Dineen, director of community investment at CFNIL, says: “We’re so thankful for Culture Shock Clothing & Records’ support of BandWagon 2. Fine arts programs allow students to learn about creativity and discipline, and are essential for having the kind of excellent public education system we all want for our community. Lauren is a perfect example of someone who is taking what she learned as a music student and employing it in her professional life.”
Posted Feb. 4, 2015