The money has been raised, plane tickets bought and hotel reservations booked for Zumix’s all-girl youth rock band that will be touring Europe this summer.
On August 1, Annual Snow Fall, a band that consists of East Boston’s Francesca Canepa, 13, on vocals and keyboards, Ixchel Garcia, 16, on guitar, Lala Mendez, 16, on bass, and Winthrop’s Sarah Coehlo, 13, on drum will embark on a 10-day European tour to perform at venues in London, England and Paris, France. Annual Snowfall will be Zumix’s first ensemble in its 21-year history to travel and perform outside of the United States.
Over the past year and a half, Annual Snowfall has written original music, begun recording their first album, and performed at venues throughout the greater Boston area including the Middle East Nightclub, the Institute of Contemporary Art, and Zumix.
“I can’t wait to get to London and Paris and perform in front of totally new audiences,” said Mendez. “We’ve never gone on tour before, and the fact that we get to spread the word about Annual Snowfall and ZUMIX throughout Europe is pretty awesome.”
The girls will be accompanied by Zumix’s Program Director Kim Dawson, Zumix’s Guitar Instructor and Annual Snowfall Mentor Tris Coffin and Zumix’s Bass Instructor
Through their website and Facebook page, the girls raised over $6,000 to cover their costs of the trip and are holding a car wash and Latin Dance this weekend to raise more money for the trip. They posted messages like “$30 will provide Francesca’s meals for one day” or “$100 will help Ixchel travel from London to Paris”.
Once in Europe the tour will include performances, meetings with musicians, site visits to other youth and music organizations, and cultural experiences in both cities. The band will also be available for interviews both on the road as well as when they return to Boston on Saturday, August 11.
“One of the most incredible parts of the planning process has been meeting with their parents,” said Zumix Founder and Director Madeleine Steczynski. “They are so pleased their daughters will have such an incredible opportunity. We are humbled by the love and trust they have for Zumix.”
Steczynski also gave a big thanks to Strong Women Strong Girls for including Annual Snowfall in their blog; http://swsg.org/annual-snowfall-in-the-summer-support-this-all-girls-rock-band-in-the-their-quest-to-tour-europe/.
To donate to Annual Snowfall’s tour, visit their Crowdrise page: http://www.crowdrise.com/AnnualSnowfallEuropeanTour/fundraiser/zumixinc.