1/14/2013 6:01:00 AM Fighting hunger with guitars - for academic credit Band's take at Cellar Door goes to food bank
The Learning Center, a band created by Oberlin College students Leo Liebeskind and Jordan Golding, will be playing Wednesday night at the Cellar Door. All proceeds from the $3 cover charge will go to the Kingman Salvation Army.
Suzanne Adams-Ockrassa Miner Staff Reporter
The Learning Center is hoping to rock Kingman and poverty Wednesday night - and maybe get an A on their report cards.
Leo Liebeskind and Jordan Golding joined forces to create the rock band The Learning Center at Oberlin College in Ohio last fall. The two are criss-crossing the U.S. with their manager, Andrew Follmann, on a 13-show Tour on Poverty as part of their sophomore January term project to draw attention to poverty in the U.S.
The band is donating all of their proceeds to local food charity organizations in the cities they play.
They started their tour on Jan. 4 at the Rudyard Kipling in Golding's hometown Louisville, Ky. That performance generated $170 for New Roots, Inc., a non-profit organization that works to improve the distribution of fresh food to urban residents.
Nancy Rhodes, the owner of the Cellar Door, said the group contacted her by e-mail.
"We have a lot of bands that are traveling along Route 66 who contact us," she said. Rhodes has been following their cross-country progress on Facebook and plans to drive to Flagstaff Tuesday night to hear them play at Mia's Lounge.
According to their website, Liebeskind is from New York City and started playing the violin when he was 3. At the age of 10 he started piano playing and a few years later expanded to include guitar and harmonica on the list of instruments he can play.
Golding started taking drum lessons at the age of 8 but quit after two lessons to teach himself. He did the same thing when he was 12 with the guitar.
Both men have played gigs in their hometowns before and Liebeskind even played with Pete Seeger at a benefit concert in Dobbs Ferry, N.Y. Liebeskind has also recorded three albums.
Their music ranges from rock and blues to ska metal and psychedelic rock.
Since their first tour gig in Louisville, the duo has played in Nashville, Tenn.; Austin, Texas; San Antonio, Texas and Flagstaff. According to their website, they've raised more than $490 for food charities so far.
They will play at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Cellar Door, 414 E. Beale St. There is a cover charge of $3 and all of their proceeds and tips will go to the Kingman Salvation Army food bank.
After their stop in Kingman they will make five stops in California before heading back to Oberlin for their last gig on Feb. 3 at the Slow Train Cafe.