Porterhouse Productions seeking donated instruments for
ROCK THE FUTURE
Campaign will provide donated instruments FREE to aspiring rockers in need – the first of which will be given away at the December Good Work Collective concerts with local high school bands Ratone & Seldomtone on December 16 and Seth Bernard & May Erlewine on December 17. Please join us!
Calling all lapsed and former rockers: Through a local donation campaign called “Rock the Future,” Porterhouse Productions in Traverse City is collecting used musical equipment – guitars, drums, stringed and horn instruments, amplifiers etc. – to give to budding rock musicians in need.
“There are instruments gathering dust in basements and closets all over the area, and just as many kids starting out who need them,” said Sam Porter, owner of the local production company, whose mantra is music, arts, ideas and community. “Our goal is to help youth with access to events, instruments and lessons. And, of course, we want to help them make good noise.”
Instruments in good working condition can be dropped off at the Good Work Collective & Gallery, 417 S. Union St., in Old Town Traverse City. Please be sure to contact 231.499.4968 before you head to Old Town. They can also be dropped off at Good Work Collective & Gallery’s December events, including:
• Traverse City Maker’s Market Pre-Party & Holiday Bazaar, Friday and Saturday, Dec. 9 and 10. Pre-party starts at 5 p.m. on Friday; bazaar hours are 7:30-10 p.m. on Friday and 10 a.m.-8 p.m. on Saturday. Maker’s Market is Northern Michigan’s juried art market for independent artists and their handmade goods.
• High school rock and roll bands Ratone & Seldomtone with special guest Steve Cousins, TCAPS Superintendent, Friday, Dec. 16, 7:30 p.m.
• Seth Bernard & May Erlewine Family & Holiday Concerts, Saturday, Dec. 17. Doors open 5 p.m., family show at 5:30 p.m. and adult show at 8pm.
To help kick start “Rock the Future,” Porterhouse Productions has purchased over 50 Meinl Nino Percussion instruments that they will loan FREE to public and private schools, camps, youth nonprofits, and other organizations and businesses that wish to share music with youth of all ages. Sam has studied folkloric percussion in Cuba, India, and Latin America, he has performed in jazz, rock and traditional percussive circles, and has experience teaching world percussion to young and old students. “I want to help inspire kids and adults to let loose, dig in, and fall in love with music. This is a perfect way for me to help facilitate that,” said Porter.
Porterhouse Productions is a family-built, independent and sustainable-focused production company dedicated to promoting music, the arts, ideas and community in Northern Michigan. Sam Porter is dedicated to youth cultural activities and allowing youth to feel confident to lead these movements. Sam currently makes Good Work Collective & Gallery available to “Hang,” a weekly student-led focus group whose goal it is to build new youth-led community events. Sam also keynoted at the launch of Central High School’s Academy of Media and Communications where he encouraged a youth-led production group to help produce large-scale concerts and events. Sam continues to help produce Central High School’s student dances that have raised over $20,000 for youth scholarships.