Some high school students spend all their free time on video games or hanging out at the mall.
Not John Krueger.
The 16-year-old recorded a CD at a studio in Atlanta this summer and will perform Saturday at the Imperial Theatre in a benefit for the Boys and Girls Club of Augusta. Doors will open at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $5 and includes John's CD, Everything at Once.
"We're putting all proceeds to the club," the Lakeside High School junior said, "because I feel that I can connect and relate to those people so that's where the money's going."
John does all the writing for his songs, which he reluctantly said could be classified as pop-rock. His musical influences include Bob Dylan and Ben Folds. He has practiced and played the guitar and harmonica for three years. He also plays piano.
"I just picked up piano recently, probably about six months ago," he said.
While recording in Atlanta, John met four musicians who helped him with his CD. The musicians will play with him at the Imperial.
"There'll be someone playing piano, guitar, a bass player and a drummer," he said.
Brian Sharp, 16, one of John's friends and a Lakeside student, will open the 90-minute show with rock music, John said.
John said he doesn't know whether he wants to be part of a band and doesn't have everything musically figured out, but he knows he wants music in his future.
"Definitely, it's all I can see myself doing," he said.
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Who: John Krueger
WHERE: The Imperial Theatre, 745 Broad St.
WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Saturday