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Everclear puts on some schoolhouse rock

Fund-raiser benefits Ainsworth School and Portland district

He may be a rock star, but to Art Alexakis, lead singer for Everclear, his most important fan is his daughter, a fourth-grader at Southwest Portland's Ainsworth Elementary School.

A longtime advocate of public schools, the hands-on father will put his talent where his mouth is on March 9, when he and Everclear appear at The Red Ball, a benefit for Ainsworth and Portland Public Schools.

The 10-year resident of Portland said no one had to convince him to be a part of The Red Ball. In fact, it was his idea.

'They (the event planners) didn't ask if Everclear would play; they asked me if I had some ideas of what we could give to the auction,' Alexakis said between recording sessions for Everclear's new CD. 'But I figured we'd get the most jolt for the money if Everclear played acoustic.'

'We didn't want to play electric because we want to keep it dignified. We're pretty rowdy,' he says with a laugh.

Others may be sharing the stage with his band.

'I'm working to get some very special friends to play with us,' Alexakis says with no intention of spilling the beans.

Regardless of who joins Everclear, they'll have the satisfaction of knowing that they're playing for a good cause. Two-thirds of the proceeds will benefit Ainsworth, with the remaining third going to Portland Public Schools. 'I'm just excited that we can raise money for a good cause and have a good time.'

Auction items include a weekend trip to San Francisco, a dinner party prepared in your home and a chance to sit in on an Everclear recording session.

And yes, you can get that dress out: Red apparel is encouraged.

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