– Rock Thru the Ages –
YREKA – Yreka High School senior Sawyer Contreras is hosting a concert on
April 23rd, 2023
Yreka High School senior Sawyer Contreras for his senior project and he is inviting the public to join in. When asked why he chose this idea, he said “I wanted to give my fellow guitar kids a chance to perform more.” He added that it progressed to allowing members of the community to play in the concert as well. The venue will be the new “YHS Performing Arts Center” located on Knapp St on April 23. Contreras states that “I have always loved performing and I wanted to give others the chance to experience the love I have for it.” The event is sponsored by local performers Celtic Cats, who are opening the show; The Red Scarf Society; and members of the YHS Guitar Class, who are the headliners for the event.
Ethan Hallinan, a YHS senior, states that the reason he is participating in the concert is “I like playing guitar, playing live is fun, and it gives me a chance to build a musical portfolio before college.” When asked how difficult it has been to prepare for the concert, the only thing that came to his mind was time management.
Contreras has pulled together members of the guitar class to perform in the concert, including Hallinan, Keegan Silva, Ben Gregory, Dallin Dagata, James Hood, Alma Williams, Cadence Crow, Marissa Derra, Phoebe Johnston, Lilly Ish-Butler, Johnny Weddle, Grace Bagwell, Vallen Rudd, Aiden Masson, and Jonny Gonsalves. Contreras himself will also play in several songs.
To advertise the event, Contreras has put together posters with the assistance of Kim Presley, a member of the Red Scarf Society. He has also put on teaser concerts in the quad at Yreka High School. Teaser songs included “I Hate Everything About You” by Three Days Grace, “Man In The Box” by Alice In Chains, “In Bloom” by Nirvana, and “Song 2” by Blur. He also has been putting his free time into making sure the venue is ready.
The YHS old gym on Knapp St is in the process of being converted into the YHS Performing Arts Center. Contreras has been doing what he can to make sure the stage is ready for his concert.
Contreras is inviting anyone interested in music and a good time can head on down the Knapp St. on April 23 at 5:30 p.m. and rock out.