Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Scotty McCreery Rocks Rapids Theatre

Niagara Gazette

February 19, 2013

FAN REVIEW: Scotty McCreery rocks Rapids Theatre

By Wendy Schreiner
Niagara Gazette
Niagara Gazette — The young and oh so talented 10th season American Idol winner from Garner, N.C., Scotty McCreery sung his heart out to a jam-packed audience at The Rapids Theatre in Niagara Falls on Friday night.
Love was in the air the night after Valentine’s Day as Scotty smiled and serenaded the crowd as many a girl’s and lady’s heart went pitter patter over this gifted starlight on the second night of his current tour.
At 5:20 p.m. there were already 97 excited concertgoers in line freezing. Doors were not due to open until 6:30 p.m. The crowds extended from the main theater doors down Main Street around the bend on South Street for quite a long stretch.
I was surprised at how many males and older adults were there, as I thought it would be mostly young screaming girls and teens. People came from all over. A couple in line from Almont, Mich., were there “just to see Scotty.” Ginger and Dan from Stykersville got their tickets the first day the concert was announced, while Roger and Dorothy from Johnson City were celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary with their VIP passes to meet the singing sensation after the show.
Even a lady from Fredonia was in attendance because her “grandson looks just like Scotty.” It’s true, I saw the pictures of her grandson; he could be Scotty’s twin!
“Rock This Night” got the crowd going wild as the very talented and energetic 19-year-old dazzled in the spotlight. In his country twang he said, “How we all doin’ tonight everybody?” With his arms wide open, his signature American Idol song “I Love You This Big” was performed. He wildly strummed his guitar for an unexpected addition to the show where he showcased songs by some of his favorites including the King of Rock-n-Roll himself, Elvis and Johnny Cash.
The lively show featured phenomenal graphics with a wowing colorful light display. Two huge screens were on the sides of the stage. He dedicated his Clayton Idol song choice, “Seen It In Color” to the soldiers. Being a professed Christian, “God’s Golden Shore” was beautifully done. A fun new song “Sun Tan” featured five gigantic beach balls being tossed throughout the crowd. Scotty’s popular tunes “Dirty Dishes,” “The Trouble with Girls” and “Your Love is Better Than That” encouraged audience participation as they sang along.
Screaming girls in the front row went wild as Scotty leaped off the stage and began writing on their hands during “Write My Number on Your Hand.” His band included a keyboardist, a bango guy, three jamming guitar players and a drummer.
“See You Tonight,” a possibility for his new album definitely needs to make the cut! Stating that Garth Brooks is one of the nicest guys in the industry, Sarah Darling joined McCreery for a lovely duet of the most meaningful of Garth’s songs, “The Dance.” After chants of Scotty, Scotty, Scotty he appeared and performed “Gone” to end the night. In case you are wondering, McCreery and his family did get to see the amazing Falls earlier in the day.
During the concert, I didn’t notice any mischief, but at 11 p.m. I noticed something. After attempting to go up to the balcony where McCreery was signing autographs for those with VIP passes, one daring fan got escorted out the door of The Rapids Theatre after not listening to two requests to go back down the stairs. Blame it on the loud music or Scotty fever, not sure which; maybe she really didn’t hear the requests after the loud concert.
Newcomer Sarah Darling graced the stage as she opened for McCreery. Her hits included “How Dare You,” “Hey Monday,” “This Old T-shirt” and a catchy “She’s a Soldier’s Girl.” A World Vision table was represented to explain child sponsorship which Scotty and his parents participate in.
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Scotty McCreery leads CMA Keep the Music Playing celebration, concert


 Scotty McCreery leads CMA Keep the Music Playing celebration, concert Posted on February 19, 2013 by Jim Myers If there’s anyone who underestimates the power of the dollars spent by the thousands of fans who flock to Nashville for the CMA Music Festival each summer, they need only look at that clarinet in the hands of an Antioch High School student.
Tuesday night, before a concert at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center to celebrate the Keep the Music Playing education program, Country Music Association chief executive Steve Moore presented a check for $1.2 million to help fund Metro Nashville Public School music programs. This brings the total of the association’s Metro Public Schools donations to more than $6.5 million, which helps purchase instruments for students. Since the program’s inception in 2006, the CMA overall has given a total of more than $7.6 million to schools and other organizations.
Rising country star and “American Idol” winner Scotty McCreery hosted the concert, which featured more than 300 Metro Nashville Public School “All Stars.” As someone who himself just emerged from the halls of teen angst, 19-year-old McCreery certainly understands the fears and dreams of high school musicians. He also called attention to the teachers who instilled in him not just a passion for singing, but a dedicated work ethic. Recalling the impact of his high school choir teacher and her “huge” influence, he said with a smile, “When I won ‘American Idol’ I got to give one car to a teacher, and she was that lady.”
Later, while hosting the concert, McCreery performed the Victoria Shaw tune “The River” with students from Sylvan Park Elementary adding the backing vocals for the chorus. He joked that his band members better watch their backs in 10 years.
Kitty Moon Henry, who chairs the CMA Foundation’s board, said, “Putting instruments in student’s hands is the most important function of the foundation.” One person there who could personally attest to the impact was Scott Miller, the director of bands at Antioch High School. He said all but one member of his Wood Ensemble performing that night would be playing instruments paid for by the Keep the Music Playing program. “Before, we had instruments abandoned by seniors or something someone might find in their closet and donated to the school, sometimes duct-taped together,” he laughed. “Now, we can give them horns in great shape that actually work.” Both Mayor Karl Dean and schools director Dr. Jesse Register pointed to the effect of the arts on high school graduation rates, citing a 96 percent rate among performing arts students versus a 78 percent rate among the general population.

Scotty McCreery to host Keep the Music Playing fundraiser

Posted: Feb 19, 2013 9:58 AM EST Updated: Feb 19, 2013 10:12 AM
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The fourth annual Keep the Music Playing concert at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center honors the best musicians in Metro Nashville Public Schools.

So far, the Keep the Music Playing program has donated $6.1 million. That money has been used to purchase more than 4,000 instruments, build music labs, provide sound and lighting equipment and provide opportunities in music education for kids in the Nashville community.

Tuesday night, with the help of artist Scotty McCreery, the Country Music Association will announce how much money they raised last year thanks to the CMA Music Festival.

According to CMA, when the program began it had been more than 30 years since new instruments had been purchased for Metro Schools. Children were turned away from music programs because there weren't enough.

Franklin Norris, Band Director at Meigs Academic Magnet School, told Nashville's News 2 that they have received multiple new instruments due to the program.

"We've had at least five new tubas come into the building, which really helps that end of the bass section, euphoniums, F horns, trombones... things of that nature, plus a lot of percussion equipment has been coming as well," Norris said.

The program also credits music for keeping kids in school, citing studies that show that students who participate in the arts are more likely to graduate.

Metro's performing arts students have a 98 percent graduation rate compared to 78 percent for the general population.

Keep the Music Playing is Tuesday night at the Schermerhorn.

A reception starts at 5 p.m. and the concert starts at 6 p.m. Admission is free and seating is first come, first serve.


Tweets of Scotty McCreery Hosting the Keep The Music Playing event

hosting the Keep The Music Playing event tonight for . Such a cool & worthwhile event.

singing Garth Brooks "The River" with some local students. So cute!

just took the stage as host for the 4th annual Keep the Music Playing concert

does look super sharp tonight!

gearing up to host Keep the Music Playing concert. Stay tuned to for more

Scotty McCreery will be hosting the All Stars Concert tonight in Nashville, TN

Keep the Music Playing All Stars Concert

Keep the Music Playing is a special program led by the Country Music Association and the CMA’s Artist Relations committee. Essentially, Keep the Music Playing devotes a portion of proceeds from CMA Music Fest to music education programs in Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools.
The Keep the Music Playing All Stars Concert is a special evening at the Schermerhorn celebrating the musical talent this program helps encourage throughout the year. This year’s concert will be held February 19th, 2013 at 6:30 pm.