Guitars Over Guns Holds 2nd Annual Benefit Concert to Raise Funds for Music Education and Mentoring Initiative

Nov 05, 2015, 11:10 ET from Guitars Over Guns

MIAMI, Nov. 5, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Guitars Over Guns, a Miami-based nonprofit that provides mentoring to at-risk youth through music education and performance, will hold its second annual Choose Your Sound benefit concert Saturday, Nov. 21st from 7:00 to 11:00 PM at the Gleason Room - Backstage at the Fillmore in Miami Beach. Tickets are available at

Guitars Over Guns (GOGO) president and co-founder Chad Bernstein launched the organization in 2008 to formalize the ad-hoc mentoring that he and other members of the Miami band Suenalo were providing to local middle-schoolers. In partnership with Communities in Schools, the country's largest dropout prevention organization, GOGO professional musicians forge positive relationships with students through one-on-one mentoring and instruction in music theory and performance.

"Not only does Guitars Over Guns develop musical ability, but it helps our kids establish self-confidence, leadership and the ability to connect with others in an extremely positive way," said Mr. Bernstein. "The Choose Your Sound benefit concert helps raise money so that we can spread the transformative power of the arts to more students in South Florida and beyond."

Currently GOGO serves 125 students in Miami at Georgia Jones-Ayers Middle School, Citrus Grove Middle School and North Miami Middle School, including new young talents in the recently instituted art and dance programs.

Presented by The Miami Marlins Foundation, and with support from Somos TV, the Choose Your Sound benefit concert is sponsored by Afro Head Rum, Tito's Vodka, Bombay Sapphire and Lagunitas Brewery. Musical entertainment will be provided by Locos Por Juana and Tony Succar, with appearances from GOGO student musicians. Roxanne Vargas of NBC 6 South Florida will host.

"GOGO isn't just about becoming a better musician – it's about being a better person," said GOGO student Santamarie Arocho.

For more information, visit, follow @guitarsoverguns and join the conversation using #chooseyoursound.

About Guitars Over Guns
Guitars Over Guns is a Florida-based non-profit organization that was launched in 2008 by musician Dr. Chad Bernstein to formalize the ad-hoc mentoring he and other members of the Miami band Suenalo were providing to local at-risk middle-schoolers. Our mission is to help young people living in negative and dangerous environments to discover the life-changing power of music through a structured program of music instruction and strong mentoring relationships with professional musicians.

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