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'The Airborne Toxic Event' Rock Out with LA Youth at Plaza de la Raza

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Fresh off rocking stages around the globe, Los Angeles' own The Airborne Toxic Event performed in front of some very familiar faces Wednesday night at Plaza de la Raza.

Prior to the band's breakout from local favorites to national headliners, bassist and California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) graduate, Noah Harmon served as a teacher at Plaza through the Community Arts Partnership (CAP), an arts education program serving schools and community organizations throughout Los Angeles County. To celebrate the 20th anniversary of CAP, LA-based indie rock quintet shared the stage for a Rock & Roll master class with young musicians enrolled in the very same course Harmon used to teach.

"I’m not a super sentimental cat but being able to see the kids was kind of amazingly touching," said Harmon by phone. “It was super cool seeing a bunch of kids I used to teach all tall with mustaches now.”

The class is part of 20 for 20, a series of 20 free master classes for L.A. youth featuring 20 artist ambassadors, from all disciplines of the arts,sharing their expertise with CAP’s youth participants. Along with The Airborne Toxic Event, other arts ambassadors involved with 20 for 20 include Oscar nominated actor, Ed Harris, director Brett Ratner, "American Idol" judge Kara DioGuardi and "Dancing with the Stars" judge Carrie Ann Inaba.