Are you ready to ROCK?

Get ready for Rally for Rock on Saturday, August 24th, 2013 at Liberty Lands Park!

This awesome concert will feature performances from The Dead Milkmen (reunion!!), Andrew Lipke, West Philadelphia Orchestra, Conversations with Enemies, Break it Up!, You Do You, and the Rock to the Future Student House Band. There will also be vendors, food trucks, refreshments, kids music activities, a VIP tent, raffles, prizes and more!

12pm – 8pm

Rock to the Future would like to thank our event sponsors – 3rd Fed Bank, East Kensington Neighbors Association (EKNA) and Honest Tea. Raffle items include a baseball signed by Philadelphia Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins and more! Take a minute to get to know some of our featured VIP vendors:

Aartvark Tees

Pretty Cunning


Rocked XPoNential Festival!

This past weekend Rock to the Future partnered with WXPN’s Kids Corner for the 2013 XPoNential Festival! We provided fun, exciting activities to introduce over 200 children to music in the Camden Children’s Garden. Our volunteers and staff created shakers and hand drums, provided mini-lessons, and held an instrument “zoo” for kids to touch and play their favorite instruments. Check out more highlights by visiting our Facebook photo album.

And hopefully Rock to the Future will return to the XPoNential Festival in 2014! Thanks, WXPN!



Calling all Vendors for Rally for Rock!

Early Bird Registration for Vendors Open Now!

Join Rock to the Future, The Dead Milkmen and more from Noon – 7 pm at Liberty Lands Park in Philadelphia on Saturday, August 24th as a Rally for Rock vendor! This is a free outdoor, all ages event to support music education in Philadelphia. Spend a beautiful summer day with Rock to the Future listening to Philadelphia’s finest musicians while earning money for your craft or vintage items – all while supporting a great cause!

Discounted Early Bird vendor registration is open NOW for craft, retail and antique vendors who register by August 1st. Sponsor and food vendor opportunities are also available! Liberty Lands is a 2-acre park in Northern Liberties where previous events have drawn audiences of over 300 people.

All proceeds from vendor registration for Rally for Rock will go directly to Rock to the Future’s youth programs, which bring music education to underserved Philadelphia youth. With great local and national acts confirmed we expect a great crowd! Register here or contact Katie Feeney at with questions.


Rock, Rollick & Rummage with RTTF on Saturday, June 15th

Rock to the Future is excited to announce the Rock, Rollick & Rummage sale on Sat. June 15, 2013!

From 10:00 am – 4:00 pm (Music at Noon)
at Garden Variety (N. 2nd and Poplar Sts.)

Spend a glorious summer Saturday listening to live local music and rummaging through the wares of local craft and yard sale vendors in Northern Liberties, Philadelphia! The rummage sale on Poplar St. is free and open to the public and $5 gets you into Garden Variety (N. 2nd and Poplar St.) for live music from The Lawsuits, Commonwealth Choir, North Lawrence Midnight Singers, Ben Cady and the Rock to the Future Student House Band. Included with your entry are free beers from Philadelphia Brewing Company (while they last!) and raffle items include Phillies tickets for July and a chance to win two 3-day passes to Firefly Music Festival! – [learn more about how to win your passes here!] Food will also be available from Vittles Food Truck and Little Baby’s Ice Cream.

Thanks to our Rockin’ event sponsors: Green Mountain Energy, Garden Variety, Circle Thrift and Vittles Philly.


Livingston Taylor Performance to Benefit Rock to the Future! Get Tickets Today!

On May 4th, 2013, Livingston Taylor, Craig Cardiff, Meg’s Melodies, and The Rock to the Future House Band will perform to raise funds for nonprofit organization Rock to the Future. The benefit concert will run from 2pm-7pm at Asplundh Field House, located on 2775 Buck Road, Bryn Athyn, PA 19009. To purchase tickets online for the event please visit If the event doesn’t sell out prior to the day of the event, tickets will also be available at the door.

High school student Jackie Shihadeh arranged this fundraising concert. Jackie, a multi-instrumental who wants to pursue a career in music business, realized the lack of music education students in Philadelphia receive. A senior at Academy of the New Church, Jackie decided to use her senior project as a fundraising opportunity to raise money for a musical organization. Jackie chose Rock to the Future as her charity recipient and secured national and international artists Livingston Taylor and Craig Cardiff, along with multiple event sponsors. There is also a donation page for those who wish to support Rock to the Future but cannot attend the concert.

All proceeds from this extraordinary event will benefit Rock to the Future. Rock to the Future’s mission is to provide music education to Philadelphia’s underserved youth at no cost to them or their families. Using music, the program ignites passion and creativity, supports academic achievement, and improves self-esteem. By empowering individuals, Rock to the Future is strengthening the community. In only three years time, Rock to the Future has grown from impacting only 13 youth to over 700 underserved, at-risk youth and has shown success in improving student academic performance, musical ability, and social skills.

Livingston Taylor, brother of singer-songwriter James Taylor, is a folk-rock singer who’s career has spanned forty years with over 15 albums released. With albums on both Capricorn and Epic Records, Livingston is the talent behind such songs as Pajamas, Boatman, and First Time Love.

Craig Cardiff, a Canadian folk singer, is known for his soft voice, digital vocal and guitar loops, and for the connections he makes with his fans. In 2012, Cardiff was nominated for a Juno Award for Roots and Traditional Album of the Year:Solo and for a Canadian Folk Music Award as Contemporary Singer of the Year.

Meg’s Melodies, the creation of and fronted by Meg Russell, is a children’s artist that has performed nationwide. Meg’s Melodies uses influences from Latin, big band, folk, and rock music to keep children and parents entertained. Meg Russell is a recent award winner of 2012 Creative Child’s Preferred Choice for her newest CD, Puzzle and a gold medal winner at the Great American Song Competition for the mid-Atlantic region.

The Rock to the Future House Band consists of students ages 12-17 that participate in Rock to the Future’s MusiCore afterschool program. These talented students have performed at renowned venues such as Union Transfer, World Café Live, 76ers basketball game, and community festivals.  While students at Rock to the Future do write their own original music, the House Band performs a variety of cover songs from The Beatles, Fun., Nirvana, Jackson 5, and other family favorites.

“I chose to raise money for music education so that I can help other less fortunate kids experience the same positive impact of music that I have had in my life. I’ve done extensive research on the positive impacts of music education for children and found that music helps children grow academically, socially and emotionally. I know a lot of schools have been cutting music education from their curriculum, and it makes me sad to think that those kids won’t get to experience the joys of music,” Jackie Shihadeh says regarding her choice of benefit event. “I’m planning this concert to ensure that programs like Rock to the Future can continue to provide children with the music education that they deserve.”


First Friday 2nd Annual Open House & Open Mic

Join Rock to the Future for our 2nd Annual Open House! This First Friday event will feature live music from our students and local musicians, mini-music workshops (make your own instrument and buttons!), learn to make a PVC guitar rack (bring your own PVC material to take your’s home!), and learn more about our free music education programs and low-cost music Summer camp!

Open Mic! Bring your instrument, or set up as full band (we provide drums and amps!), and play 2-3 songs! Open Mic sign up starts at 6pm.

Start your First Friday off right!
Where: Rock to the Future 2139 E Cumberland St, Phila PA 19125 (inside St. Michaels Church – corner of Trenton and Cumberland)
When: April 5th 5-9pm
Cost: FREE!
Ages: All!
Light refreshments will be provided also.



Rock to the Future is excited to announce our new Summer music programs! Our innovative music camps will inspire and excite your child as they learn guitar, drums, bass, or keyboard! Both camps are co-ed, ages 9-17 and are 5 days long (Monday-Friday) 8am-5pm with a live performance on the last Friday of camp. Only 20 spots are available each week and sign up before March 31st for a special discount- so don’t wait to register!

Learn and focus on the guitar during our Guitar Star week, or choose guitar, bass, drums, or piano and write songs with your own band during our Rock*A*Delphia week! Or choose both! Visit our Programs: Summer Programs page to register! Only 20 spots available each week, so register early!











RTTF House Band to Perform at Piazza at Schmidts

On December 2nd, The Rock to the Future House Band will perform at the Piazza Winter Market! Sharing a stage that top bands such as Katy Perry, Fun., Matt & Kim, A New Found Glory, Of Monsters and Men, and Imagine Dragons have all graced, our own RTTF House Band will perform a variety of Holiday songs and cover songs.

Check out our students performing a RTTF arrangement of Carol of the Bells

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NEW Macquarie Free Music Workshops

In a decade where youth are surrounded by the internet and families bond over television, take a break to truly connect and expand creativity – sign up for a Rock to the Future FREE Saturday music workshop! Lower-income Philadelphia youth ages 3-8 and families children of ANY age can join us for engaging and interactive music workshops. Learn guitar basics, rhythm and tempo, melodies, playing together, and more at our fun workshops! No prior musical experience necessary! ONLY 15 SPACES AVAILABLE EACH WEEK – SO SIGN UP TODAY HERE

Presented through generous support of Macquarie Group Foundation


Rock & Read Festival THIS Sunday September 16th

THE TRIUMPHANT RETURN OF ROCK AND READ FEST! Come support music education AND promote a love for reading and literacy in Philadelphia. Live story readings, poetry, and music, along with a book swap, will take place on September 16th at The Rotunda (4014 Walnut St) from 5-10pm. All ages, family friendly!

Only $5 to attend (donated directly to Rock to the Future!), grab a new book to read, bring old books to swap, or just sit back to hear music from:

To sign up to read or to bring books for the swap please email