The Plain White T’s, the platinum-selling rock band who sang the Billboard No. 1 song “Hey There Delilah, performed Monday in Hanford as the headline act for a music festival held to generate support for the performing art programs of area high schools.
The performances, which included Alex B., were part of High School Nation, the country’s largest secondary school touring music festival that’s held around the nation to help fund raise for programs such as the music and arts – as well as journalism, film, fashion, photography, and stage production.
Alex B.’s cover of the One Direction Song “Story of My Life” was been viewed almost 2 million times.
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Students from Hanford High, Hanford West and Sierra Pacific – schools in the Hanford Joint Union High School District – attended the performance and were the beneficiaries of Monday’s show.
High School Nation projects to raise $2 million in donations during its 60-city stop of the Festival Tour this year, helping 200 schools and 600,000 students across the country.
$2 million Projected donations raised this year by High School Nation
The goal of High School Nation is to promote the arts and music programs in high schools across the country.
The Festival will expand its donation program to include the establishment of recording studios in each of the schools where it appears.
“We believe that building recording studios will be a major step forward in (HJUHSD) high school’s music programs,” said Jimmy Cantillon, CEO and co-founder of High School Nation, in a news release. “High school teachers and principals are very excited about this addition to our program.
“It’s a huge undertaking but we have companies in the industry who see the value and want to participate in any way they can.”
The tour also featured a number of young, emerging performers brought in by record labels that see the benefits in being a part of this movement.
RCA records, Capital, Warner Bros. Records, and DreamWorks are among the half dozen labels that have participated in the Festival Tours.
“At the center of our Festivals are performances by some of the music industry’s hottest young rising stars,” Cantillon adds. “It’s one of the only opportunities for record labels to entertain, engage, and give back.”