WFSU Presents GRADSTOCK! - American Graduate Benefit Concerts
On Friday and Saturday, February 26th and 27th, amazing local artists came together to bring us three live events. Each concert focused on a different music genre: americana, jazz and blues, and world music and funk. Behind-the-scenes areas at WFSU's studios were made accessible to the public, there were local food trucks between sets, and a cash bar. Proceeds from this series help fund WFSU’s American Graduate Project, which helps catalyze discussion on and gives attention to community-based solutions focused on increasing high school graduation rates. Some segments of the live concerts were incorporated into the three full-length programs below. Portions of these concerts will also appear on WFSU-TV's Local Routes.
Concert Date: Saturday, February 27 at 1 pm ET
Additional songs from each of the bands are featured on WFSU Local Routes. Please visit wfsu.org/localroutes to view.
These events are sponsored by:
More About American Graduate - Right now, just 70% of high school students graduate high school in Florida. If that number could be raised to 90% in just the Tallahassee region, it would add 90 new jobs, create $12 million dollars in additional annual earnings, and $500,000 dollars in additional state and local revenue. Imagine the results if that percentage went up across our entire viewing area! WFSU has been working to make this happen since The American Graduate initiative started in 2011. That’s when local and national Public Media organizations came together to educate the public on the needs of students, to engage more caring adults to help at risk youth, and to improve outcomes for all of our students. Some of WFSU’s key programs under the American Graduate project include:
- Voices from the Classroom – a weekly radio series on WFSU-FM that highlights student voices and provides an opportunity for our listening community to hear firsthand from teens.
- American Graduate Day – an annual six hour television broadcast that highlights individuals, businesses and organizations that are doing remarkable and innovative work to engage students.
- WFSU American Graduate iNetworking Lunch series – since 2011, WFSU has been hosting monthly lunches at the Success Academy, an alternative high school in Tallahassee. Over 200 local community leaders have spent an hour over lunch talking with students about career paths and the importance of an education.
- Ongoing television stories that highlight student programs and graduation success.
- Early learning programs such as Super Why summer camps that help our youngest students be ready for school and success.
- Teacher trainings and teacher resources such as PBS Learning Media.
To learn more about American Graduate, you can visit wfsu.org/americangraduate.
Local Music: A Tradition at WFSU - Going all the way back to our radio station’s roots at Florida State University in 1954, music has been a part of WFSU. First as live and recorded performances on our first FM radio channel 91.5 and then also on our television station when it went on the air in 1960. Over the years, concerts and programs like Studio A, Buddy Defranco’s Jazz Forum, and Outloud have brought a variety of performers, genres, and our community together in person and over the air. Most recently, our Local Routes television program has added to that tradition by featuring original songs performed by local musicians, including the program's theme song.
The Newman’s Own Foundation - Newman’s Own is proud to support American Graduate on public media stations across the country and their educational work to improve outcomes for all children. A $10,000 grant provided by the Newman’s Own Foundation is making this concert series possible.
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