The only thing we love more than a good pun is a music festival with heart. Luckily, San Antonio's Teens on a Mission combines both for a day of family fun and philanthropy.
On October 20, High Voltage Music Program is hosting Teens on a Mission: Showcasing Rock ‘n’ Roll, Art and Culture at the Mission Marquee Plaza. The day-long event, officially part of the city's Tricentennial celebration, runs 3-10 pm, and features a concert as well as an art gallery, crafts market, and arts workshop — all with artwork created by 12- to 18-year-old artists.
Headliners for the day's miniature music festival is Black Molly, who are joined on the bill by Tiarra Girls, Z-Pocolypse, and DJ EPSR.
In addition to being a day of fun, Teens on a Mission also serves as a fundraiser for the San Antonio nonprofit High Voltage Music Program, which offers free after-school guitar lessons to students of IDEA South Flores Southside High School.
HVMP was founded in 2016 by Bell Solloa, a parent of a student attending the school. Once Solloa realized the high school wasn't offering students a music course, she was granted permission to begin teaching the classes herself. Currently, HVMP offers 125 area students free music lessons through classes and workshops. (Some of these musicians are scheduled to join Black Molly and company during the concert.)
In addition to purchasing artwork during the festival, attendees can support to HVMP by buying raffle tickets; limited edition T-shirts; and merchandise, food, and nonalcoholic beverages.
“Since the festival is an official event of our city’s tricentennial anniversary, we are hoping to attract a large audience," said Solloa, HVMP founder, in a release. "The impact of this culturally rich event is going to be felt for months to come."