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These School of Rock students became rock stars at the ACL music festival

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Austin City Limits Music Festival In Austin, Texas draws headliners such as Chance the Rapper and The Red Hot Chili Peppers. Venture to the small stages for early shows and you might catch an undiscovered gem of a band or someone up-and-coming. If you check out Austin Kiddie Limits you’ll see something else entirely—middle school aged musicians shredding like rock stars. We went live for the band's performance.


School of Rock is an organization with branches all the over the world. Its mission is simple: teach kids music and prepare them to perform. Every year a select group of top-notch students from Austin’s School of Rock rehearse and perform a 30 minute set of cover songs at ACL. “There’s no other program that puts kids on these kinds of stages,” says band director Rick Carney. The band sticks to the classics—“Eye of the Tiger,” “I Want You to Want Me”—and loves every minute of it.

It’s really cliche but I honestly don't know what I'd be doing if I wasn’t here.
Riley Wingo, drummer

School of Rock’s performance is just one of many highlights of Austin Kiddie Limits. Kids can take how-to hip-hop classes; family-friendly folk bands play afternoon shows; and there’s a drum circle open to anyone who wants to try.

ACL's Austin Kiddie Limits
At ACL, a whole stage is designated for family-friendly performances
Click here to rock and roll with these middle schoolers

School of Rock inspired the movie of the same title, which then went on to become a broadway musical.

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