Teen Musicians Raising Money For Hurricane Relief Funds

Benefit concert will be Sunday at AMP by Strathmore


The F-35s, who were finalists in MoCo’s Got Talent, are performing Sunday at AMP by Strathmore. Bands members are Charlie Oakes and Connor Maginnis, who are juniors at Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School; Matei Fawzy, a junior at Walt Whitman High School; and Jared Edsan, a sophomore at the Landon School.


Montgomery County teenagers are pooling their talents to perform at a Rock-n-Relief concert that will benefit victims of hurricanes Harvey and Irma Sunday at AMP by Strathmore, according to the event’s press release.

The event will feature local teen acts who were finalists in MoCo’s Got Talent, a competition the Department of Recreational Services’ TeenWorks program coordinates.

Students in the yearlong Montgomery County youth employment program planned the concert to give back, Department of Recreational Services Division Chief Robin Riley said in an interview.

Members of TeenWorks told Riley they wanted to visit Houston and Florida to help hurricane victims, Riley said. When that seemed implausible, Riley said, the teens decided on the concert.

“[TeenWorks’] work is meaningful in that it helps others and impacts the communities they live in,” Riley said.

Lisaura Taveras, who was a finalist in MoCo’s Got Talent, will perform at a benefit concert concert on Sunday at AMP by Strathmore. She is a senior at Sherwood High School.

Proceeds from the $20 tickets will go toward the Houston Parks Board Foundation, which is using donations to fund Houston Parks & Recreation Department Employees affected by Hurricane Harvey, and the Florida Recreation & Parks Association.

Solo acts include Anna Wilson, Leanna Rathbun, Lisaura Taveras and Dylan Hawkins. The bands will be Overmind, TJ Brenof, F-35’s, Neon Rain and The Royal Beat.

The performers range from seventh to 12th grade. Some are part of Bach to Rock programs in Gaithersburg and Bethesda and were not part of MoCo’s Got Talent.

The event will be Sunday from 5 to 7 p.m. at 11810 Grand Park Ave. in North Bethesda. Tickets can be purchased at AMP by Strathmore’s website or at the door.