Rapattoni gets assist from Carmel’s School of Rock


By Mark Ambrogi


Dalton Rapattoni sees his Inspired Attempt tour as a way of giving back.

Dalton Rapattoni, 20, finished third in the final season of “American Idol” earlier this year. (Submitted photo)
Dalton Rapattoni, 20, finished third in the final season of “American Idol” earlier this year. (Submitted photo)

Rapattoni started at the School of Rock in Frisco, outside Dallas, when he was 11. At every location he’s played on the tour, there has been a School of Rock.

“It’s nice to talk to the kids and tell them there definitely is a light at the end of the tunnel when you get out of the School of Rock,” Rapattoni said.

Rapattoni’s tour will stop in Indianapolis for a concert at new venue called 416 Wabash, at 416 Wabash St. The Soft Carmel House Band from Carmel’s School of Rock will open the concert with a half-hour show at 6:30 p.m.

Rapattoni, 20, finished third in the final season of “American Idol” earlier this year.

“We’ll play a couple of songs from my old band Fly Away Hero,” Rapattoni said. “We’re playing mostly new stuff and a couple of songs that I covered on ‘Idol.’”

Rapattoni said the “American Idol” experience has already been incredibly helpful to his career.

“I was able to meet a lot of musicians I wouldn’t have been able to meet on my own,” Rapattoni said. “I like to tell people it was the worst fun I’ve ever had. It was definitely mentally and physically intense.”

Rapattoni plans to release a new album early in 2017.

“It’s a lot more pop than anything I’ve ever done,” Rapattoni said. “I think people are either going to love it or hate it.”

Rapattoni’s acoustic ballad single “Turn to Stone” was released Oct. 14.

The Carmel House band members, ages 13-18, are Jeremy Mueller, Anne Zachodni, Anna Fagin, Emma Boyd-Ryan, Parker Reiselman, Justin Blanner, Zach Salerno, Alex Turner, Keloe Sefo, Hannah Chumley and Nick Konkoli.

“It will be good for the house band to see Dalton, who went through School of Rock ranks down in Texas,” said Elyse Causey, whose family owns the School of Rock locations in Carmel and Fishers. “He started out in the Rock 101 (for ages 8-12), graduated from the program and became an instructor at one of the other School of Rock locations. It will be really nice for our kids to see how far they can go with their passion and talent. Some of our kids in the House Band started out in Rock 101.”

For more, visit daltonrapattoni.com/#tour.


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