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Online Voting Now Open & More Ways to Get Involved

SARASOTA, FLA. — Twenty bands have entered the 2016 Rock for a Cause, and online voting is NOW OPEN!

Through Oct. 7, the public can view and vote for their favorite bands. The top six acts that get the most online votes will compete live during the Rock for a Cause battle of the bands on Nov. 12, 2-9 p.m. on Main Street in Downtown Sarasota.

“We’re so excited to see this event grow year over year with even more band submissions,” says Shauna Malgieri, chair of the Rock for a Cause executive committee. “We’ve got such a vast range of ages and genres — everything from indie folk singers and hip hop artists to operatic solo acts and in-your-face rockers. The public has the tough job of whittling down this impressive group talented musicians.”

To learn more about the bands and cast a vote, go to SRQRocks.org/vote. We’ve included band bios, photos and two songs from each act. Only one vote per viable email address will be permitted.

More Ways to Get Involved with Rock for a Cause 2016

There’s something for everyone who wants to participate in this year’s Rock for a Cause. Here are a few ideas:

  • Vote for your favorite band by Oct. 7.
  • Become a sponsor or vendor to help us put on a great event.
  • Attend Matt Walden Presents: The Hometown Show on Oct. 1 in Bradenton — proceeds benefit Rock for a Cause.
  • Stop by Jersey Mike’s at 2031 Bahia Vista St., Sarasota, Nov. 7-11, and mention Rock for a Cause. 10% of proceeds will go toward the event.
  • Come down and rock out with us on Nov. 12, 2-9 p.m. on Main Street in Downtown Sarasota. There will be lots of live music, food, vendors, kids activities and more!

Have questions above the event? Call us at 941.256.7983 or email srqrocks-submissions@sone.com. We’d love to hear from you!

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Nat Keza ft Yungn

Nat Keza ft Yungn

About

We are all independent, local hip hop recording artists that got together to make a couple songs for the summer.

Band Bio

My name is Nat Keza (Natasha Keshmirian). I’ve been an independent artist taking my art seriously the last two years. I’ve been a writer since I was a child, and I’ve worked with bands, DJs, and other hip hop artists for fun for the last 10 years. But I decided to take my career seriously recently. My first album is on iTunes, also I have plenty of YouTube videos. Second album is coming soon. It’s a joint album between myself and another artist Yungn called Twin Flames. I’m 30 years old. Born in Connecticut, raised here in Sarasota. Lived in New York City and Miami. I love collabs and bringing people together. I hope to get our music and my music out globally. We’ve been working hard all year putting shows together, performing, registering all our music, making music videos. Thank you for the opportunity.

For more information about Nat Keza ft Yungn, visit their Website.

Band Members: 

Nat Keza

Yungn

Sota

ADP

Song Submission One


Song Submission Two


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TJ Hitt

TJ Hitt

About

TJ Hitt is a Nashville-based songwriter from Venice, Fla., currently living in Venice and performing across the Southeast. His band consists of local talent from the Sarasota area. He has recorded three albums in Nashville and has opened for several national acts. He has composed, collaborated and performed with many prominent musicians in the Nashville scene and performs four to five times a week in the Sarasota area.

Influences include: Led Zeppelin, David Bowie, Black Sabbath, The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, Thin Lizzy, etc.

Band Bio

“Dinosaur Rock” is the standard response TJ Hitt gives when pressed to put a label on his eclectic brand of high energy rock ‘n’ roll; a one of a kind sonic collage of 20th century influences that form to create something completely new.

After five years of performing and recording in Nashville with some of the hottest young musicians in Nashville, TJ brings his one-of-a-kind performance back home to the sunshine state along with a lineup of prominent Sarasota musicians. ROCK LIVES!!!

For more information about TJ Hitt, visit his Website.

Band Members: 

TJ Hitt – Lead vocals

Song Submission One


Song Submission Two


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Rickey Tedesco

Rickey Tedesco

About

I’m 17 years old and attend Venice High School. I have been singing since I could speak! Recently I started writing my own music, my number one song that i try to promote the most is my song called “Why.” This song speaks out about the problems and tragedies that occur in our very complicated world. It shows my purpose: I vow to inspire and share my music with people in order to be an eye opener for the world. Music moves me in a way like no other, it’s not about the money or the fame, it’s about spreading my talent to help others in their time of need and to change the world in a positive aspect.

Band Bio

“Seize the opportunity.” This is one of the famous quotes I live by. The most recent opportunity that has flown my way thanks to my guardians, was the Hank Aaron Scholarship Chasing Our Dreams. This opportunity has granted me with vocal and piano lessons at “Music Compound,” and dance lessons at “Attitudes in Dance.”

Being a 17-year-old junior at Venice High School, I am in all honors classes including one AP class maintaining a minimum of a 3.8 GPA. Involvement is a key point of my journey through life. At my school, I am a varsity cheerleader, varsity track runner, I am in HOSA club (Health Occupations Students of America), Girl up (a fundraising club for girls in undeveloped countries) and I am a band student playing the French horn, trumpet, and mellophone. I also am a volunteer at the Robert and Joan Lee Boys & Girls Club, which I have been attending for 10 years. There, I am involved in SWAT (Students Working Against Tobacco), Digital Arts, Image Makers, and Keystone club (a community service and leadership program).

Being involved in Digital Arts, I entered a national digital arts competition where I won 1st place in the nation. The picture I entered was named “What do you hear.” It featured my favorite quote which states, “Music is all around us, all we have to do is listen.” Winning 1st in the nation I received a free trip to San Diego, California to meet the CEO of Sony Headquarters.

Keystone Club was where my most recent opportunity came forth. At the National Conference in Dallas, Texas, I entered the National talent show and received third place out of 70 acts. A representative from the Hank Aaron Chasing Our Dreams Scholarship noticed me from the crowd and granted me the scholarship, which lasts all of my years of high school. My dream is to be a professional singer and hopefully attend college at the Berklee School of Music. I vow to be an inspiration and to use my music as an eye opener for people all around the world.

Band Members: 

Rickey Tedesco – Vocals

Song Submission One


Song Submission Two


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Trey Wanvig Band

Trey Wanvig Band

About

My name is Trey Wanvig, and I am a 14-year-old guitar player and singer and I have been playing for a little more than four years. I play blues and rock and have played with many local bands around the Sarasota area. The highlight of my career was being able to play with Eric Johnson along with Mike Keneally from Frank Zappa and Joe Satriani’s band.

Band Bio

I started playing about four years ago when I was 10 years old. I took lessons from a teacher in Venice for those four years, and then started taking jazz lessons to broaden my interests for the past few months. I enjoy playing anything, but I love blues and classic rock.

For more information about Trey Wanvig, visit his Website.

Band Members: 

Trey Wanvig – Lead vocals, guitar

Pete Siracuse – Bass guitar

Sammy – Drums

Song Submission One


Song Submission Two


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Alone Together

Alone Together

About

Alone Together was formed in early 2015 when the talent of singer and lyricist/playwright Sky met with Matthew Vero’s skillful songcraft. The duo’s first single, Actress, was released on July 1 of the year of their formation, followed by two more singles before the release of their debut/demo EP, Sunsets and Tears. Contrasting backgrounds of jazz and rock, combined with a shared love of classical and theater music, make Alone Together a unique listening experience whether performing with their full backing band or as a duo.

Band Bio

Alone Together is an alternative/rock band from Sarasota, Fla. The mission of Alone Together has been simple from its conception: to create a haven and a community for those who feel alone or unwanted, and empower them to face life head-on. Sky alternates raw, soul-baring moments of weakness with shameless, powerful independence in her lyrics, while Matt matches her word-for-word with his skillful composition. Each moment on stage and in the studio is met with a genuine connection between Sky, Matt and their audience. Either live or on recordings, Alone Together offers its listeners a new level of performance and composition.

For more information about Alone Together, visit their Website.

Band Members: 

Matthew Vero – Pianist

Sky – Lead vocals

Song Submission One


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Feron Mackenzie

Feron Mackenzie

About

I am currently a solo project interested in trying every genre of music. I am a singer/ songwriter and play actively in Sarasota.

Band Bio

My name is Feron and I am singer/ songwriter originally from Tennessee. There is nothing that makes me happier than performing live on stage and connecting with the audience. I am currently a solo act and am in the process of making my first album and music video. I seize every single opportunity I can with music and belive “each day you should do at least one thing that scares you.” — Elenor Roosevelt. My style ranges from jazzy indie to pop-punk to rock opera material. My goals are to eventually sell and tour my music in every place that I can.

For more information about Feron Mackenzie, visit her Website.

Band Members: 

Feron Mackenzie – Singer

Song Submission One


Song Submission Two


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Slow Ocean

Slow Ocean

About

We are a four piece instrumental group, based out of Naples, Fla.

Band Bio

We play a cross between post-rock and progressive rock. Ambient clean guitar soundscapes paired with driving rhythm section creates a unique experience for all listeners.

For more information about Slow Ocean, visit their Website.

Band Members: 

Juan Acosta – Guitar, writer

Bill Pogan – Drums

Nick Rogers – Bass

Armand Mastandrea – Guitar

Song Submission One


Song Submission Two


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Nicole Dreger

Nicole Dreger

About

Nicole is a small town girl with a big dream. She performs a variety of genres ranging from musical theatre, to pop, to country, to jazz. Her first EP, Behind the Mask, is set to come out later this fall.

Band Bio

Nicole Dreger. Who is she? Well, as she puts it, “That all depends on the day, the wig, and the wardrobe!” She loves to sing, loves to perform, and loves to entertain others.

Nicole recently moved to the area from Roscoe, Ill., a small Midwestern town (she attended the same high school as Danica Patrick). She started her singing career in community theater and still dabbles in musicals and records covers of a multitude of genres and originals. Her first EP, Behind The Mask, is set to come out this fall. She has been a part of the Del Couch Music Education Foundation for a little over a year and is so thankful to Del for everything! She could not have gotten this far without the help and support from Del and everyone in the foundation (especially her roommate Paige Bruns!)

Nicole Dreger’s dream is to perform around the world, involving herself with a variety of projects. Becoming a voice actress for Disney productions is one of her uppermost desires to begin with, along with the ambition of entering the film industry. She has the great hope to someday operate her own production company so she can freely direct and star in her own films, maintain being a recording artist and occasionally perform on Broadway. She has specified her great desire to one day perform with some of her favorite music entertainers which include Harry Connick Jr, Michael Buble’, John Barrowman, Adam Lambert among many other stars who have shaped her love for following in the tradition of performing for the love of music and entertainment.

For more information about Nicole Dreger, visit her Website.

Band Members: 
Nicole Dreger – Singer

Song Submission One


Song Submission Two


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Seamus Kennedy

Seamus Kennedy

About

I am a solo artist who writes his own music as a hobby, looking to take the next step. Widely influenced by several genres, but mostly blues, and reggae rock.

Band Bio

Seamus Kennedy has been playing music since he was a child. Starting with piano, he has become a jack of all trades but master of none. With a pension for story telling, his music is lyrically plot structured and musically simple.

Band Members: 

Seamus Kennedy – Singer-songwriter

Song Submission One


Song Submission Two