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James Durbin performs for Help Kids Rock benefit concert (Video)

March 3rd, 2012 by Belinda Thomas

James Durbin and Orianthi performed a concert on Friday, March 2nd hosted by Center Staging in Burbank, CA. The Help Kids Rock event is a fundraiser for the Rock School Scholarship Fund that is open to all ages.

Durbin and Orianthi were the special guest performers at the event performing students from LA area schools, Burbank Music Academy, and School of Rock North Hollywood.

Durbin is the American Idol finalist from Season 10 in 2011. He released his Wind-Up Records debut album “Memories Of A Beautiful Disaster,” which broke into the Top 10 on Billboard’s Rock Album chart at #8 and #36 on Billboard’s Top 200 Album chart. His album includes appearances by Motley Crue guitarist Mick Mars, as well as songwriting collaborations with James Michael (Sixx AM, Nikki Sixx) and Marti Frederiksen (Aerosmith, Ozzy Osbourne).

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Orianthi is a musician, singer-songwriter and guitarist. She is perhaps best known for being Michael Jackson’s lead guitarist for his ill-fated This Is It concert series, and as the lead guitarist in Alice Cooper’s live band. Her debut single, “According To You,” peaked at No. 3 in Japan, No. 8 in Australia and No. 17 in the U.S.A. Her second album, “Believe,” received a worldwide release in late 2009. Elle Magazine named Orianthi one of the “12 Greatest Female Electric Guitarists.” She also was awarded “Breakthrough Guitarist of the Year” in 2010 by Guitar International Magazine.

The Rock School Scholarship Fund (RSSF) provides tuition and instruments to kids ages 7 to 17 who want to attend any rock music school in the U.S.A., but whose parents do not have the financial means. With music programs being cut back in public schools, private after-school programs have taken their place, but many families cannot afford the $200 to $350 per month for their child to attend.

The RSSF currently works with 14 rock schools in Southern California, Georgia, Massachusetts, and North Carolina. To participate, a school must teach a rock music curriculum, and students must have the opportunity to perform in a band, on stage.

Click on the video link below to see James performing "Separate Ways" by Journey with the kids from the event. For more information, visit: