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Dan Pepin, formerly of Letdown, is currently in the band Empty Wallet Club. Pepin is also the dean of his own School of Rock on Main Street in Woonsocket. This weekend, there will be a benefit for the school at the Living Room. He answered a few questions via e-mail about his endeavor.

Tell me about the School of Rock, Dan.
I opened two years ago. I had been teaching for years at Larry Bee’s Music Center and had amassed a large number of students. But what I wanted to do was not only give them lessons, but help them in a band situation. We teach guitar, bass, drums, vocals, and piano. About 50 percent of my students are already in bands and some just needed a little help on their instruments in a band context. We also offer courses in music theory, sound production, digital recording, and guitar maintenance.

How is it working out?
This school is all about fun. Period. I’ve had some of these students for as long as 10 years! I’ve actually seen some of them graduate from Berklee College. It’s very rewarding to see your student rock out at a show or graduate from music school with high honors. Call me a sap but some of it’s even got me a little teary-eyed from time to time! The problem with any music school happens in the summer time. Funds are always low. This year we are planning to add two more rooms and we really need extra funds. That’s the reason for the benefit. Because I have made so many good friends in the local scene, some great bands have come out of the woodwork to help out. Shadowcell and Griffon jumped at the chance to help and I cannot thank them enough for it. The next benefit we plan on doing is going to be performed entirely by students. I’m just gonna be sound man and moral support!

Shadowcell + Griffon + Empty Wallet Club | July 22 | The Living Room, 23 Rathbone St, Providence | $10 | 401.521.5200 | www.myspace.com/danpepinsschoolofrock

- Providence Phoenix


Discography

1)Strange Situations (off of the BROKE E.P.)
This track is available on www.myspace.com/emptywalletclub
2)WHERE AM I (also off of the BROKE E.P.)

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The Empty Wallet Club was formed from the popular local band LETDOWN. LETDOWN has been ripping-up the music scene in New England for the past 8 years, playing with bands like Godsmack,Zakk Wylde, Mudvayne, COLD, Hatebreed, Drowning Pool, Chevelle, Seether, Social Burn, M.O.D., Anthrax, and more. Not to mention the stellar venues they have played such as the Tweeter Center, Great Woods, The Tsongas Arena. While vocalist member Ron Howard trains/fights for the UFC, The EMPTY WALLET CLUB formed in his abscence. The music ranges to everything from Blues, Reggae, Funk, Rock, to acoustic soul. The Empty Wallet Club plays a mix of covers and originals.