While the hit television show, “One Tree Hill” is coming to an end, most of its cast was celebrating for a good cause Friday night. Tyler Hilton headlined the “Rock the Schools 2011″ concert at Gramercy Theater, with artists Ryan Cabrera, Bryan Greenberg (One Tree Hill, HBO’s How to Make it in America), Dion Roy, and Val Emmich. All proceeds of the show went to NYC schooling.
Hosted by Z100′s Trey Morgan and “Intern Queen,” Lauren Berger, the two announced each performer, explaining why having music programs in schools is so important. “Music programs are very important to a well-rounded education,” Morgan said. “I am very happy and thrilled to be a part of it. This event puts music first, and we literally ‘rock the schools’ tonight!”
The show began with Val Emmich, a singer-songwriter who showed his acoustic talents in the songs “When I Grow Up,” “The Only One Lonely,” and “Golashes on a Sunny Day.” It was also impressive when the singer added to his guitar playing with another instrument — a harmonica.
Next to the stage was Dion Roy, singing “Ocean” and “Say it Loud” to start the show, and followed by explaining to the crowd how excited he was to be at the benefit concert. One memorable part of Roy’s performance was when he wrapped up with “Leave Me Out of This,” a medley including “Someone Like You” by Adele and “Lighters” by Bruno Mars.
Bryan Greenberg was next, and the crowd reacted pretty well when he arrived on stage. With the girls screaming, he let the fans know that his “Jake Jigelski” One Tree Hill days were behind him, and although he had fun when it happened, he would not be singing from the hit show. He ended his performance with his song, “Someday,” that was known from when he performed it on One Tree Hill‘s season 3.
Following Greenberg’s performance was the pop performer, Ryan Cabrera. With his spikes higher than ever, he made the crowd laugh and sing along while performing his hits, “True,” “On the Way Down,” and “Say.” He also decided to add in “What Do Tigers Dream of” from The Hangover, which was extremely comical. Cabrera also welcomed American Idol‘s Constatine Maroulis to the stage, and joined him in a performance of “Stand By Me.” The two have been friends for years, Maroulis told me after the show.
Headliner Tyler Hilton was next, and the crowd was excitedly awaiting his performance. Known as the conceited Chris Keller from One Tree Hill, Hilton was sure to explain to the audience that the show wrapped this month, and that he had an amazing time. Singing “Missing You,” from the One Tree Hill soundtrack, Hilton later welcomed back Bryan Greenberg to the stage to sing a cover of Oasis’ “Wonderwall,” a song that they sang together on the One Tree Hill Tour years ago. So much for putting the CW’s show behind you, huh Bryan? See the video below.
For One Tree Hill fans at the show, which there was a large amount of, James Lafferty (Nathan Scott from the show) was also in the audience, security-free and taking pictures with fans during the show, where he showed his support of his fellow cast mates. The show was followed by a Meet-and-Greet for those with passes.Bryan Greenberg, Dion Roy, Gramercy Theater, One Tree Hill, Rock the Schools 2011, Ryan Cabrera, Tyler Hilton, Val Emmich