LEP Rocks! A Concert Benefiting Portland's LEP School @ Mississippi Studios | May 10

Mississippi Studios ticketsBenefit for a great cause with some fantastic music. We also have a pair of tickets ($50!) to give away for this show. All you need to do is comment on this post and we will draw a winner Saturday morning. Winner will be emailed.

Reminder: Also, we give out free tickets every Thursday to our Portland Facebook Group including to many shows including shows at Doug Fir, Roseland, Berbatis, Holocene, Someday Lounge and many more. Join it if you like free stuff.

Update: Ticket winner is commenter #21.

From Press Release:
Community Looks to Rock 'N Roll to Help Save a Portland High School From Immanent Closure

WHO: Alec Ounsworth of Clap Your Hands Say Yeah!, Storm Large, Peter Buck of R.E.M., Steve Berlin of Los Lobos, The Minus 5, The Dimes, and Linda Hornbuckle

WHAT: LEP Rocks! A Concert Benefiting Portland's LEP School (Leadership & Entrepreneurship Public Charter School)
WHEN: May 10th, 2009 at 8:00pm
WHERE: Mississippi Studios – 3939 N. Mississippi, Portland, Oregon 97227 – www.mississippistudios.com

WHY: Caught in the middle of a slumping economy, city bureaucracy, and what appears to be a nasty game of politics seeded deep within Portland Public Schools, Portland's Leadership and Entrepreneurial Public Charter High School (www.lephigh.org) has been targeted for closure at the end of the school year. Working hard and fighting back with every available resource, communities across Portland are taking a stand to raise the necessary funds to keep the school operating for at least another year. In addition to the benefit concert, Rock 'N Roll memorabilia, including autographed items from Elvis Costello, G Love, and an acoustic guitar signed by The Decemberists will be raffled off to help raise money.

The Portland Public School Board voted on March 30th to close the LEP School at the end of the current school year, deeming it an economic failure. While Portland Public Schools (PPS) claim the charter school has a $143,000 deficit, LEP School administrators argue that those numbers are outdated and claim the actual deficit is approximately $60,000 – which they plan to raise before the school year ends.

Portland Public Schools' board of education voted 6-1 to deny LEP High's future at their March 30th session – a meeting packed with a diverse cross section of Portland's community, including students, teachers and parents. Most of those in attendance voiced that they'd been hoping for a different outcome for the school.

Steve Berlin of the legendary rock band, Los Lobos – also the father of a LEP student – explained, “I am honored to be part of a benefit for this wonderful, inspiring school. LEP High has made a huge difference in our lives and my daughters' approach to learning.  I am hopeful that the school will continue to provide similar opportunities for all Portland students and parents."

LEP High is a small (250 students) enrollment school offering  a rigorous curriculum, integrated academic support, and hands-on learning geared toward helping every student achieve excellence, regardless of economics, background or other challenges. More than 60 percent of the students attending LEP School qualify as coming from low income families.

Faced with an immanent crisis, the community continues to rally around the LEP School and many groups appear determined to raise the necessary funding to change the school district's mind. May 10th's LEP Rocks! event is expected to be a community celebration and yet another reminder of the impactful role the school plays in the City of Portland.

Tickets are available at www.mississippistudios.com for $25 in advance; $30 day of show and there are a limited number of VIP seats for $75 which include private seating, an event poster, wine and hors d'oeuvres.

MP3 DOWNLOAD: Here is an MP3 link to a new, yet to be released song from headlining artist, Alec Ounsworth of Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, titled, “15 Oceans with Harp”: Alec Ounsworth – 15 Oceans with Harp

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41 Responses to LEP Rocks! A Concert Benefiting Portland's LEP School @ Mississippi Studios | May 10

  1. Tim 'Gonzo' Gordon May 7, 2009 at 9:51 am #

    Man this sounds like a fun time…and for a terrific cause. Are ‘under 21’ allowed?

  2. Julie May 7, 2009 at 9:53 am #

    Sounds like a fun event!

  3. Michelle Vosika-Cooper May 7, 2009 at 9:53 am #

    I want Tickets! Please? Please?

  4. Jaimee May 7, 2009 at 9:54 am #

    OK, I’ll try :-) I love PDXPipeline twitter updates!

  5. David May 7, 2009 at 9:54 am #

    I would love a pair of tickets to this show. Great lineup!

  6. Nicole Ramsey May 7, 2009 at 9:55 am #

    Mississippi Studios is by far the best place to really hear a musician play their music. I’d had several friends tell me how great it was and didn’t have a chance to experience it for myself until recently. Glad to see you’re supporting a really worthy cause!

  7. orian imaki May 7, 2009 at 9:56 am #

    ooooo how much fun would this be? I’ll tell you if you let me haz tickets!

  8. Mike May 7, 2009 at 9:57 am #

    Interesting mix of participants indeed, count me in for a chance to win!

  9. stephen h May 7, 2009 at 10:01 am #

    I’d love tickets!

  10. Tori Hartke May 7, 2009 at 10:03 am #

    Wow this sounds like an amazing benefit! So great that so many artist are willing to help this cause. May I have some tickets? Please?

  11. Guinevere May 7, 2009 at 10:06 am #

    I’d be thrilled to get tickets.

  12. Amy May 7, 2009 at 10:17 am #

    PDX pipeline twitter updates rock! Looks like a fun concert. :)

  13. Vana May 7, 2009 at 10:30 am #

    Yes please.

  14. Joanne May 7, 2009 at 10:31 am #

    Sounds like a fun night. All for a good cause! I would love tickets to attend.

  15. Carla May 7, 2009 at 10:52 am #


  16. Stone May 7, 2009 at 11:18 am #

    I’d never heard of LEP before this big crisis with the school district – they sound fantastic! What a great event – go LEP!

  17. natalie g May 7, 2009 at 12:00 pm #

    sounds like a great event. i went to a charter school, i know how beneficial they can be.

  18. DK May 7, 2009 at 12:01 pm #

    Woot – tickets please for a neighbor! Thanks

  19. Denise Lyon May 7, 2009 at 12:23 pm #

    I would love tix sounds amazing

  20. Woody May 7, 2009 at 12:28 pm #

    Me too!

  21. Sean May 7, 2009 at 12:49 pm #

    Hey. Sounds like a great event. I’ll take my MOM :)

  22. shelley loring May 7, 2009 at 1:28 pm #

    Wow sounds cool

  23. Ryan May 7, 2009 at 10:49 pm #

    Sounds fun, and worthy

  24. Ryan Farwell May 7, 2009 at 10:51 pm #

    Sounds fun, worthy

  25. Derek May 8, 2009 at 12:53 am #

    Shame about LEP. Hadn’t even heard about the situation until reading this. Oregon continues to impress with their commitment to funding education … sigh.

  26. Sean Piersol May 8, 2009 at 5:40 am #

    I’d love a pair of tickets!

  27. Susan Damato May 8, 2009 at 7:54 am #

    tix would be awesome, thx!

  28. Ly May 8, 2009 at 8:11 am #

    Very worthy cause.

  29. Alysa May 8, 2009 at 8:29 am #

    Tickets! Yes! This sounds amazing!

  30. Ed May 8, 2009 at 8:38 am #

    I see they weren’t on your list, but do you have one ticket for the Gift of Gab show? A pair would be nice, but I really only need 1 ticket. Let me know.

  31. PatWit May 8, 2009 at 8:54 am #

    I was not surprised to hear that yet another exceptional necessary program was doomed for closure. Thank you for doing something to raise awareness …… and also money for this cause. Charter and magnet schools are helping so many of the youth that have learning styles that are not being addressed in the standard school environment. You guys ROCK!

  32. astrogirl May 8, 2009 at 9:05 am #

    Sounds like a great cause!


  33. Kristin Cleveland May 8, 2009 at 10:42 am #

    No Job Need some Free FUN PLEEEAAASSEE!! *blinks eyes*

  34. eileen May 8, 2009 at 12:31 pm #

    this sounds like a great event for a really worthwhile cause.

  35. Dean May 8, 2009 at 12:41 pm #


  36. Benjamin May 8, 2009 at 3:30 pm #

    So very there, and the free tix would be excellent!!

  37. Keri Handaly May 8, 2009 at 4:38 pm #

    Peter Buck in da house, hey, from a UGA grad! I miss Athens.


  38. Kawika1950 May 8, 2009 at 4:48 pm #

    Hey, sounds like a great time. I’ll be there.

  39. Lisa Richardson May 8, 2009 at 11:08 pm #

    wonderful of these talented people to give their time to this very worthy cause. I hope to go!

  40. JB :) May 9, 2009 at 9:28 am #



  41. trace Hulette May 9, 2009 at 1:02 pm #

    please… pretty please.

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