It's not every day that kids get to jam with two of rock and heavy metal's biggest artists. But those in the after-school music program at Boston's West End House Boys & Girls Club did exactly that.
On a recent visit to Boston, MEGADETH bassist David Ellefson and ex-GUNS N' ROSES guitarist Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal spent a full evening talking with kids about their lives in the music business and sharing their hard-earned wisdom. A few lucky young people beamed as they strutted around with Bumblefoot's double-necked guitar around their necks. But the hands-down thrill of the evening for all in the room was a rocking jam session.
West End House is the largest youth development agency in the Allston-Brighton community providing high-impact programs that ensure that young people are succeeding academically, exploring and mastering the arts, developing career readiness skills and adopting healthy lifestyles.
West End House's innovative and responsive programming annually serves over 1,700 youth between the age of 7 and 24, with more than half of membership comprised of youth ages 13 and older. Youth come from nearly every Boston neighborhood — approximately 60% of youth reside in Allston-Brighton, and 40% live in other Boston neighborhoods, including Dorchester, Roxbury, and Mattapan.
West End House's mission is to inspire and enable youth from all backgrounds, especially those who need us most, to realize their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens.