Warmack, 12, rocks lead guitar in New York City benefit concerts


Photo courtesy of Eliza Warmack

Members of the Kids Rock for Kids band "North South East West" performed at The Bitter End and the Drom (pictured) in New York City in June as part of the annual "Come Together Festival" hosted by Kids Rock for Kids. The band members, from left to right, are: Gabe Gabremedhin, 19, of Kenya on drums; Olivia Malbon, 16, of Croatia, performing vocals and keyboard; Ari Warmack, 12, of Alaska, on guitar; Aarushi Kombia, 16, of India, performing vocals and keyboard; Sam Nihan, 14, of Canada, on violin; and Lotte Claus, 13, of Belgium, on bass guitar.

The day after Petersburg Middle School let out for summer, 7th grader Ari Warmack boarded a plane bound for New York City to perform with his guitar at the invitation of Kids Rock For Kids (KRFK), a Brooklyn-based nonprofit that raises money for kid-related charities by producing rock benefit shows featuring outstanding teen musicians from around the world.

In March, Ari received a direct message on Instagram from KRFK inviting him to a zoom interview. He discussed it with his parents, Eliza and Glenn Warmack, and says, "We accepted their invitation because we thought what they did was really...

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