“RISING NATION THURSDAY, AUGUST 18, 2016 8:00pm The band members found each other through a common interest of drama and rock music! They all love rock music, they are all talented musicians, each band member can play several different instruments, they can all sing, and most importantly, they all love to get together every Sunday and jam, learn new songs, and play music. Some venues that the band has performed at include: Canobie Lake Park's 2015 Battle of the Bands, TCAN Rock Off Main Street, Middlesex Bank, Sherborn Yacht Club, and more.”
Dover-Sherborn band Rising Nation to perform at Canobie Lake
Dover Springdale Festival prevails despite weather
Rising Nation has been invited back for a second year in a row to perform at Canobie Lake Park in Salem, NH. The band will be performing on Thursday evening, August 18, at 8:00 p.m. on the Midway Stage, a covered open-air pavilion near the center of the park. Rising Nation was one of 20 bands that were selected out of hundreds to participate in Canobie Lake Park’s Battle of the Bands. Rising Nation will be performing a 30-minute set featuring original songs and covers of classic and alternative rock songs.
Rising Nation is a local rock band made up of students from the Dover-Sherborn Regional School District ranging in grades from 8th through 12th. Band members are Annabel Hodson-Walker, Benjamin Hodson-Walker, Eliza Martin, Charlie Mandel, Amelia Hodson-Walker, and Caroline Buehler. They have played at Canobie Lake Park, TCAN (The Center for Arts in Natick), the Middlesex Bank Grand Opening, the Sherborn Yacht Club, school events such as Chocolate Café and Jammin’ in the Red, farm events, the Sherborn Senior Center, and dance recitals.
Rising Nation plays a mixture of original songs written by several band members and a wide range of cover songs from classic and alternative rock to current popular music. The band is completely student-run and many of the members sing vocals and play several different instruments to make it more interesting for the audience. The band members found each other through a common interest in drama and rock music.
The Battle of the Bands is a judged competition. Each Thursday and Friday evening throughout the summer, a different band will perform. Area residents are encouraged to come cheer on and support Dover-Sherborn’s local rock band, Rising Nation, at Canobie Lake Park on August 18 at 8:00 p.m.
Further details on the event can be found at www.canobie.com/battle.
Dover-Sherborn Public School Newsletter - Rising Nation
Student Recognition Rising Nation Band Five students from the middle and high schools are founding members of their own “rock band” called Rising Nation. The band has been together for about two years and practices weekly. The band has played at TCAN (The Center for Arts in Natick), farm events, the Sherborn Senior Center, school events such as Chocolate Café and Jammin’ in the Red, and at dance recitals. What makes the band unique is that they consist of both male and female students from several different grades spanning two schools, they play a mixture of original songs written by several band members and a wide range of cover songs from classic rock to current popular music. Moreover, the band is entirely student-run and many of the band members sing vocals and play several different instruments. Rising Nation was one of twenty bands selected out of hundreds of high school/college bands who applied to play at Canobie Lake this summer for the Battle of the Bands. Rising Nation is scheduled to play on Thursday, August 6 at Canobie Lake Park. Band members include: Annabel Hodson-Walker, 10th grade - Lead vocals, guitar, songwriter, founder of band Eliza Martin, 10th grade - Keyboard, keytar, bass, vocals, songwriter Benjamin Hodson-Walker, 8th grade - Lead guitarist, vocals, bass, drums Siobhan Morse, 11th grade - Percussion Charlie Mandel, 10th grade - Bass, guitar Please visit the following websites to learn more about the band and its Canobie Lake exhibition. http://risingnationband.com (scroll down on the video page to see clips from their TCAN Rock Off Main Street concert); http://www.canobie.com/battle.
By Katrina Margolis
Hometown Weekly Reporter
Walking across the field to the Springdale Field Festival tents, the foliage and natural beauty of the land shone through despite the overcast weather and light rain. Kids of all ages ran around outside of the three tents, throwing footballs, kicking soccer balls, and tossing frisbies back and forth. Neither the kids, nor the families, of Dover seemed to mind the weather.
“This makes last year look amazing! It was like 35 degrees last year,” said Jane Johnstone, a Dover resident who is involved with the Dover Land Conservation Trust. This was the second year of the annual Springdale Field Festival, the brainchild of the Trust. “With the Land Trust becoming more active in what they do, not only preserving the properties, but this is an example of active use of the properties as well,” Johnstone added.
The three tents each served a different purpose. One housed local Dover artisans and craftpeople, including those making organic beef jerky, local seasoning salts, and a woman who grew up in Italy and raises all of her herbs herself. A second tent was deemed the Kids Tent, where face-painting, a temporary tattoo artist, and a Charlie Brown themed cut out could be found for pictures. The middle, and largest, tent was for the live music. Nation Rising, a local band consisting of Dover High School students, played their first song with surprising confidence and ability, covering The Rolling Stones’ “Gimme Shelter” with impressive accuracy.
The tents are located on the first piece of land the Dover Land Conversation Trust acquired in 1965. “The Dover trust has been in existence since 1965, so last year kind of kicked off celebration of its 50th year. We’re trying to create awareness in town,” John Shue, a member of the Dover Trust Board said. According to Johnstone, the Springdale Fest is really his baby.
This event comes in addition to Dover Day. “We didn’t want to duplicate what we already had. This is for the kids, but also for the parents, too. We really focus on the music, and craft beer - we’re trying to have the local focus,” Johnstone said.
Last year, despite the cold, 300 people came out to celebrate. This year, they were expecting many more. “This is just a way to raise awareness of what The Trust does, because I don’t think a lot of people are totally aware what they do,” Johnstone concluded.
Dover-Sherborn Teen Tribute Band Rocks Out
They joined forces in late September 2013, and created Rising Nation in hopes of bringing classic rock back to the spotlight.
“It’s the greatest genre of music,” Sam, 13, said gleefully at a recent rehearsal. “It’s one of the most American art forms there is. The idea behind the garage band is that literally anyone can just walk into a garage, pick up a guitar or bass, and have someone start screaming into a microphone.”
Every Sunday afternoon, the quintet meets at the Hodson-Walkers’ Pleasant Street farm and rock out to bands such as the Rolling Stones and ACDC for two hours.
“I just love rock-and-roll,” Benjamin, 13, said, while brushing his fingers through his six-string electric guitar. “I just love how vast it is. It’s so original. People pour their heart and soul to it … The Rolling Stones, that kind of period really set the stage for rock-and-roll. I really like that kind of music, so people have told me that I was born in the wrong century.”
While their inspirations are classic bands, such as the Beatles, they also branch out to more contemporary rock, such as Sheryl Crow, Blink 182, Green Day and MatchBox Twenty.
Benjamin is the lead guitarist and his sister Annabel, 14, backs him up on her electric guitar and does most of the singing. Sam is in charge of the bass, Eliza, 15, is on the keyboard, and Siobhan, 16, plays the drums.
“Our goal for the band is to get our age group into more rock-and-roll, the classics, instead of Kanye West,” Annabel said shortly before the band performed to Sheryl Crow’s “Real Gone.”
And Siobhan added, “They’re on the newer side so they’re not so old rock-and-roll, but they’re not pop. I feel like pop is a big part of our culture today, but they’re all the same types of music. I feel like that age was very diverse in terms of music.”
Continuing with the early 1990s generation of rock, the band has the ambitious goal of mastering Nirvana’s grunge music. They also want to start performing original songs written by Annabel, who combines country-style lyrics with rock.
“I probably have around 35 songs,” said Annabel, who has been writing songs since sixth grade. “My songwriting is really inspired by Taylor Swift. I take the essence of Taylor Swift’s songs, and I put it into a more rocking sound.”
The group is currently learning Annabel’s “Downhill,” a song about troubled relationships, and they plan to incorporate Sam’s saxophone proficiency in upcoming performances, by including sax solos.“I suppose [playing instruments] is like a language,” Sam said. “A lot of people think that when you learn new languages it’s harder to learn another and then another, but really that just makes it easier. Once you’ve learned one instrument, you can apply what you’ve learned from that to the other one.”Most of them started playing instruments at a young age, but Siobhan has been playing the drums for only about five months.When Annabel texted Siobhan saying she was starting a band and needed a drummer, Siobhan said jokingly, “my dad can teach me.” Slight problem — Annabel took it to heart and Siobhan started taking lessons in October, she said.“My dad taught me how to play,” Siobhan said. “The coordination, I think, was the most difficult part to pick up, playing different things at once. It was hard!”They all play multiple instruments, except for Eliza, who is perfectly happy with just the piano. She said playing the keyboard is a form of self-healing.“It’s also an emotional thing, where if I’m angry or sad I can play the piano and it helps me,” she explained. “It’s therapeutic, and it’s just a really big part of my life.”Aside from music, all band members love theatre. They usually perform in school plays.Rising Nation typically performs at birthday parties and local fundraisers. The band was at Dover-Sherborn Middle School’s Chocolate Café on Feb. 9.For more information, email email@example.com or visit www.risingnationband.com.
Dover-Sherborn Band To Perform At TCAN
“Rising Nation” will be performing on Friday night, May 23 at 7 p.m. at TCAN, The Center for Arts in Natick, along with several other local bands.
“Rising Nation” will be performing a 30-minute set featuring original songs and some classic rock songs. Rock Off Main Street is an all-ages show that provides a venue for local bands to perform in TCAN's historic converted firehouse.
TCAN is located at14 Summer St. in Natick. The doors will be opening at 7 p.m. with tickets being be sold at the door for $8 and concessions available between performances.
For more information visit www.natickarts.org/performance/rock-main-street-6 or www.risingnationband.com/home"www.risingnationband.com.