How's this for a depressing statistic?
According to 2012's Quality Counts report, as presented by K-12 education newspaper Education Week, Arizona ranks 44th out of 51 states (including Washington, D.C.) in public education. Plus, our desert state got a mere D+ when it came to school finance and an F for spending.
The folks at Hoodlums Music and Movies don't want to be Debbie Downers, though. The Tempe record purveyors just want to do their part to support their community. That's why, come Friday and Saturday, they'll host the fourth annual Hoodstock, a fundraising festival for Tempe's Broadmor Elementary.
Plus, they're getting a little help from their musically talented pals. What Laura Says, Future Loves Past, Robby Roberson, Yellow Minute, Dustin Jake, Mergence, Ladylike, Source Victoria, Bears of Manitou, and Mojo Farmers will all be making an appearance throughout the weekend, which will benefit Broadmor's Academic Intervention Program. The program, according to the Tempe School District, seeks to hire several new, certified teachers to act as interventionists for all age groups.
"We gather the Valley's best bands and musicians, who generously donate their time, to play the Hoodstage," the Hoodlums crew writes in a press release. "Music fans like you come and enjoy the show and throw what would have been a cover charge into a Broadmor donation jar."
In addition to the music, Broadmor students are given the opportunity to design and decorate old vinyl albums, which will be sold at $10 each. "Event patrons get one-of-a-kind kid's art, and Broadmor gets the money," the press release continues. The spirit of community ends up being contagious. Two businesses that share the same strip mall location, Changing Hands Bookstore and Mac's Broiler and Tap, have also agreed to share a percentage of the weekend's proceeds.
The Hoodlums folks raised about $3,000 last year for Broadmor. They're hoping for even more of a turnout this year.
"We've got a great lineup of bands, and we aren't competing with the McDowell Mountain Music Festival this year, so hopefully word will spread to each musician's fan base," says Hoodlums owner Steve Wiley.
We can totally vouch for the fun to be had at Hoodstock. After all, it made our 2011 Best of Phoenix list for Best Music Festival for Kids.
Plus, what better way to indoctrinate your kids into the church of local music, eh? Get 'em while they're young. That's what we say.
Friday May 4:
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4-4:30 Dustin Jake 4:45-5:30 Robby Roberson 6-6:45 Future Loves Past 7-7:45 Source Victoria 8-8:30 Yellow Minute 8:45-9:45 What Laura Says
Saturday May 5:
3:30-4:15 Bears of Manitou 4:45-5:30 Mojo Farmers 6-6:45 Factories 7:15-8 Ladylike 8:30-9:30 Mergence