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November 4, 2014 > James Logan welcomes Glees Derik Nelson

James Logan welcomes Glees Derik Nelson

Submitted By Take Chances Tour

James Logan High SchoolÕs Center for the Performing Arts will host a high-powered, pop/rock concert on Friday, November 7 featuring singer/songwriter/producer Derik Nelson, best known as lead guitarist for FOXÕs hit TV show, ÒGlee.Ó

Nelson and his band are touring the West Coast to provide fundraising opportunities for high schools. A large portion of the ticket sales for the Union City concert goes directly to James Logan High School to benefit the choir department under the direction of Erin McShane. ÒIt's such an exciting honor to have Derik performing here,Ó McShane says. ÒTo have a man who is so passionate about the arts in schools and has had the success of Derik is incredible. We all couldn't be more excited to have this opportunity.Ó

James LoganÕs five choir groups Ð concert choir, advanced concert choir, chamber choir, show choir, and jazz singers Ð have performed all over the U.S. and internationally, receiving first place awards in most of their competitions. Funds from the concert will be used to support the program with music, instruments, costumes, sets, and props to make choir concerts the best that they can be.

Nelson says, ÒMy siblings and I were very lucky to attend a public high school with a well-funded arts and music program. A lot has changed in the economy since then, and we realize these programs are now financially struggling. We saw a way to tour independently without a record label and bring this musical fundraising opportunity to selected schools.Ó

Riana Nelson, tour manager and DerikÕs sister says, ÒThis tour is about music and fundraising, yes, but it extends totally beyond that. A side effect is that weÕre able to positively influence these students personally as role models. WeÕve received countless e-mails, messages, and letters from students who have told us our concerts and lectures have inspired them to pursue their passions, to be leaders, to confront their fears, and in some emotional cases, to stop self-harming. When we started this touring idea, we had no idea our actions would have that immense of an impactÉIÕm very proud of Derik and his vision."

The concert is open to the public and all ages are welcome. Tickets are available at the door or online at Gold tickets are $35 with an exclusive first access to seating in the venue at 7:30 p.m. Secondary access or silver tickets cost $25 with a 7:40 p.m. entry, and general admission or blue tickets are $15 with a 7:50 p.m. entry. To learn more about NelsonÕs music, touring dates, and biography, visit or e-mail

Derik NelsonÕs Take Chances Tour
Friday, Nov 7
8 p.m.
James Logan High School
Center for the Performing Arts
1800 H St, Union City
Tickets: $35 gold, $25 silver, $15 blue

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