TCAN Announces Retirement of Rock Off Main Street

14 November 2017

The Center for Arts in Natick today announced the retirement of its monthly all-ages concert series Rock Off Main Street, following the departure of program coordinator Diane Young in October.

“It has been an honor to work beside the most dedicated team of volunteers,” said Ms. Young, who has scheduled bands and hosted the monthly event at TCAN for almost 20 years. “I am grateful for the parents as they supported their children’s passion for music, and it has been a privilege to share in the musical journey of the many bands who have played since 1997.”

On September 24, TCAN hosted a 20th anniversary concert celebrating the many musicians who performed at Rock Off Main Street shows through the years. Performing for the event were local groups The Whatever and A Night on the Sun from Natick, Blindspot from Lowell, Rising Nation from Sherborn, Left Hand Blue from Andover, The Kapps from Dedham and Company One from Westborough. Diane Young’s 32-year old son Neil Popkin traveled from his home in Los Angeles to perform a brief acoustic set.

“We thank Diane for her years of commitment to the Rock Off Main program, and the dedicated volunteers who contributed their time to support these events,” said David Lavalley, TCAN’s Executive Director. “Most importantly we thank the many young musicians who performed on TCAN’s stage for family and friends…you are the true stars and we will continue to support you.”

TCAN hosts a wide variety of community-based programs for audiences of all ages, including community theater productions, open mic events, visual art exhibits featuring local artists, student recitals, and family events for young children. TCAN has plans to announce a new program featuring teen musicians that will launch in 2018.

The Center for Arts in Natick is a nonprofit 501(C)(3) organization founded in 1997, serving the MetroWest region by increasing opportunities to experience, participate in and learn about the arts.