The Washington-Nile School District announced Monday, the group “Foghat” will headline a concert to benefit the district’s technology initiative.
The concert will take place Saturday May 7 at the Scioto County Fairgrounds.
“This makes our fourth concert that we’ve had. We’ve brought in David Nail, Love and theft, Sam Hunt and Frankie Ballard This year we went the classic rock way and we’re bringing in Foghat,” said Jeff Stricklett, Superintendent of Washington-Nile Local School District.
According to foghat.net, “Signed to Bearsville Records in 1971, the band recorded and began touring relentlessly for the next 14 years. Their hard work has thus far been rewarded with seven Gold records, one Platinum record “Fool For The City” (1975), and one Double-Platinum record ‘Foghat Live’ (1977). The ‘Fool For The City’ album contained Foghat’s trademark Top 40 hit song “Slow Ride” and cemented their place as one of the world’s top rock acts. They continued to hit the charts in the 70’s with singles such as ‘Fool For The City’, ‘Drivin’ Wheel’, ‘I Just Want to Make Love To You’, ‘Stone Blue’, ‘Third Time Lucky’ and ‘Somebody’s Been Sleeping In My Bed’, many of which are still classic rock radio staples.”
Stricklett said proceeds from the concert will be used to support the districts one-to-one technology device program.
“The second year (the district held a concert) we purchased Chromebooks for our fifth through seventh grade and our eighth graders that year, used laptops. This past year we purchased Chromebooks for the eighth grade and grades nine – 12,” Stricklett said. “As we currently speak we have one-to-one devices for grades five-12. This year after everything takes place, our goal is to equip our kindergartners along with first and second graders with iPads. The third and fourth graders will be equipped with Chromebooks.”
He said once complete every student in the district will be equipped with a device.
When asked why equipping every student with a device is important, Stricklett said, “The days of a teacher standing in front of a classroom and lecturing, from the time you walk in, until time is up, is gone. This allows our students to have an abundance of materials and research items right at their finger tips.”
Stricklett said any career the students tries to get into once they are out of school, will more than likely use some sort of technology.
“At the middle school they’ve participated in this program for two years, our administration over there says that, discipline has gone down and the kids are more engaged. All of our teachers at the middle school are using this in some capacity,” Stricklett said.
He said students at the high school recently received devices, but indications show learning has gotten better.
Moving the concert to the Scioto County Fairgrounds will allow for increased crowds.
Stricklett said he’s hoping for between 4,000 and 5,000 people will be in attendance.
Grandstand tickets for the show are $20 each and stage area tickets are $30.
“This year we’re also having a family pack. If you buy a $20 or $30 ticket as an adult, then you can buy a $10 for your child, as long as they are school aged. Each family ticket purchased comes with a free popcorn and drink as well! This offer is only valid with the purchase of an adult ticket,” Stricklett said.
Seating for the concert will be festival seating.
The doors to the seating will open at 5 p.m. with the show starting at 7 p.m.The band Sunset Roosters will perform first followed by Foghat.
“If you purchase a ticket you will be entered into a drawling for a four day, three night trip to Cleveland. You get motel, you get tickets to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Also there is a cruse that’s going to be available and a $50 gift certificate to the Hard Rock Cafe,” Stricklett said.
He said to eligible for the giveaways all you have to do is purchase a ticket.
Tickets can be purchased at the Washington-Nile Local School District Office, located within the high school 740-858-1111 or tickets may be purchased online at www.foghatlive2016.org
Wayne Allen can be reached at 740-353-3101, ext. 1933 or on Twitter @WayneallenPDT