Studio 22 seeks music lovers
By Michael Hanna, Contributing Writer
Westborough – Every teen band needs a place to practice, but in most cases aspiring rockers are relegated to their basements or garages. For bands looking to take their talents to the next level and practice and perform in a professional environment, Studio 22 is the place.
Located on the lower level of the YMCA of Central Mass. Boroughs Family Branch in Westborough, Studio 22 is a venue dedicated to fostering creativity through music. Furnished with a drum set, an electric drum set, five guitars, a keyboard, piano and much more, Studio 22 is fully equipped for any band that is just getting their start or wanting to simply practice.
“It was originally a computer room” said Chris D’Amico, a coordinator at Studio 22. “That’s not what
we wanted to be promoting, kids just sitting on a computer.” D’Amico said that the area is a place for groups of all ages to relax, play, and listen to local music, something which is much more productive than a set of computers. Along with instruments, Studio 22 also functions as a lounge area with comfortable leather couches, chairs, and a coffee bar.
“A lot of venues don’t want anyone under 21, or even under 18. High schools bands are welcome here,” D’Amico said. He added that he encourages the use of the room by teenage bands and noted that drum lessons are available for those interested.
The venue also hosts weekend concerts for people who would like to experience local music.
Studio 22’s first concert was held in July and featured local band Eve Sty Lee and the Realities, with members Eve D’Agosto and Jay Freitas performing classic hits such as “Let It Be” and “Stand By Me”. D’Amico, who set up the event, will also be helping the band record original tracks in the Studio 22 facility.
Those who are interested in learning more about what Studio 22 offers can visit its official Facebook page at www.facebook.com/studio22ymca or the Boroughs Family Branch website at www.ymcaofcm.org/locations/boroughs-family-branch for additional information. The branch is located at 4 Valente Dr., Westborough.
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