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The Change, an all-girl teenage rock/funk band that has played at LEAF in Black Mountain will bring its high-energy, confidence-boosting, anti-bullying, be-yourself music and messages from West Virginia to Asheville Wednesday, Oct. 18.

Presented by Hanger Hall School for Girls, the concert will be at New Mountain, 38 N. French Broad Ave. The show is free for students and has a $5 suggested donation for parents/adults. The show is at 6 p.m., with doors opening at 5 :30 p.m.

“We saw them at LEAF, and our daughters were transfixed by their unbelievable energy," Michael Weizman, one of the concert organizers, said. "My wife and I knew immediately that we wanted to find a way to bring them to Asheville to share their inspiring messages with the community at large.”

The Weizman family is partnering with Hanger Hall to bring The Change to Asheville. 

The Change's "messages of self-worth and self-confidence align closely with our message to young girls," said Hanger Hall’s head of school Catherine McClain. That message, she said, is "discover who you are and what you have to offer the world, have a healthy and happy sense of identity, and be the best version of yourself that you can be.”

Citing Paloma Faith, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, ZZ Ward, George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic, and Bruno Mars as influences, The Change plays both covers and originals. To secure a ticket or make a donation, visit http://bit.ly/2yG7BKN.

Hanger Hall is Asheville’s oldest independent middle school for girls. The Change's name reflects the band members'  desire to make a change in their community and the world. The band seeks to unite people, to spread a message of hope, and to encourage others to stand up for what they believe in and follow their dreams.

As advocates for Free2Luv, a national organization dedicated to empowering youth to rock their individuality, celebrate equality and spread kindness, The Change travels to schools and communities to spread its message. Learn more at thechangebeginswithus.com.

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