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Rock for a Cause Raises $35,000 for Music Education

The third annual Rock for a Cause took over Main Street in Downtown Sarasota on Nov. 12, bringing together great music, local businesses and a worthy fundraising effort for music education for kids in Sarasota and Manatee counties. The annual event is presented by S-One Holdings Corporation, headquartered in Sarasota.

We’re excited to announce that the 2016 Rock for a Cause raised a total of $35,000. Proceeds from the event will be used to send students of the Del Couch Music Education Foundation to the Berklee College of Music Summer Programs.

“S-One has been a great supporter of music education, and this will make a huge impact on the students in our Foundation,” says Del Couch, founder and director of the Del Couch Music Education Foundation. “The Berklee College of Music is the top music school in the country, and these summer camp programs can be life-changing. In fact, Sam Woolf, who was a top 5 finalist on American Idol is an alumni of our Foundation, tried out for the show while he was attending a Berklee summer camp that the Foundation was able to send him to.”

Students of the Foundation will be asked to fill out applications for spots at next summer’s Berklee programs.

During Rock for a Cause, six bands competed for $1,500 cash. Spectators voted on-site and chose Bl3nded, a trio of high school students, as this year’s winner. Other acts that competed included: Trey Wanvig Band, Rickey Tedesco, South Trail Band, The Tattered Saints and The David Smash Band. Bl3nded will also perform at the 2017 Sarasota Music Half Marathon on Feb. 5 in the Rock for a Cause entertainment zone.

“This was our first competition so we were very nervous, especially since there were other talented musicians in the competition with more experience,” the members of Bl3nded said. “We were so grateful that so many people came out to watch and be a part of something so cool and monumental for us.”

Ray Collins from ABC-7 once again emceed Rock for a Cause, which featured many corporate sponsors and vendors who sold food and products throughout the afternoon and evening. DJ Joey D kept the tunes going and students from the Del Couch Music Education Foundation performed on a second stage.

“This is our community — the S-One office is right downtown, so what better place to have Rock for a Cause than on Main Street, right in front of our office?” says Shauna Malgieri, chair of the Rock for a Cause executive committee. “We’re so grateful for the outpouring of community support for this event, and it keeps growing more and more each year. We’re excited to start planning the Cause for next year!”

To learn more about Rock for a Cause, visit SRQRocks.org. Click on the images in the gallery below for scenes from this year’s event. Photos by Billy Elkins.

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Rock for a Cause Schedule Announced

We’re only a few days away from the 2016 Rock for a Cause! We’ve got a full day of entertainment planned for Saturday, Nov. 12, that starts with our Top 6 bands: Trey Wanvig Band, Rickey Tedesco, South Trail Band, Bl3nded, The Tattered Saints and the David Smash Band.

These musical acts are competing for $1,500 cash and will be the closing act of the event. They’ll also perform at the 2017 Sarasota Music Half Marathon on Feb. 5 in the Rock for a Cause entertainment area.

For the first time, we’ll have a second stage that will feature performers from the Del Couch Music Education Foundation, which is our partner this year. Proceeds from the event will send Foundation students to the Berklee College of Music summer programs. Our 2015 winner, Paige Merriman, will also perform while the votes for the competing bands are tallied.

We’ll have DJ Joey D on site to keep the tunes flowing, and our esteemed emcee of the day will be Ray Collins from ABC-7.

We look forward to seeing you at Rock for a Cause on Saturday, Nov. 12, 2-9 p.m. on Main Street and Orange Avenue in Downtown Sarasota! Admission is $1, and everyone in attendance will get a ticket to vote for their favorite band.

Here’s the performance schedule for both stages:

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Bradenton’s Matt Walden Presents: “The Hometown Show” to Benefit Rock for a Cause

BRADENTON, FLA.  Coming off this summer’s successful 10-stop “The Coffee Shop (But Not Really) Tour,” musician and rising star Matt Walden is bringing his act back to Bradenton with “The Hometown Show” on Oct. 1. With full production and two opening acts, Walden promises this show “will be unlike anything I’ve ever performed before.”

The show is Oct. 1, 7:30-10 p.m. at The Loft at the Church at Bradenton, 2520 43rd Street W., Bradenton. The two opening acts, recently announced, include singer-songwriter Trevor Bystrom and Indie-rock band Under the Moon, also from Bradenton. Walden will perform his original songs as well as cover tunes with a theatrical production and guest performers. General admission and VIP tickets are available at MattWaldenMusic.com, however, VIP is already nearly sold out.

IMG_5856Walden’s original music is a blend of alternative pop, rock, reggae, hip hop and singer-songwriter. His first original single, Flipped the Script, charted at #38 on iTunes Singer-Songwriter Top Songs chart, and his first full-length album, Walden, reached #25 on the iTunes Singer-Songwriter Top Album chart. Walden is an alumnus of the Palmetto-based Del Couch Music Education Foundation, where he currently records his music.

On the day of “The Hometown Show,” Walden will release his newest single, Breathe, available free on Soundcloud and Spotify. CDs and merchandise will be available for sale at the show, as well.

JUST ANNOUNCED: A portion of the proceeds from “The Hometown Show” will benefit Rock for a Cause, the Sarasota-Manatee battle of the bands live music event on Nov. 12, which donates proceeds to local music education programs. Ticket sales will also benefit The Church at Bradenton.

“This show is all about giving back to the community that has supported me for so many years,” Walden says. “I could not have come this far without the love and help from my Bradenton friends and family.”

For more information:

MattWaldenMusic.com

Twitter: @MattWaldenAC

Facebook: Matt Walden

Wikipedia: Matt Walden

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Our Band Submissions Page is Now LIVE!

UPDATE: The first 10 bands to fill out their submission will be entered to win a Fender guitar and amp!

Now through Sept. 18, musicians from Sarasota, Manatee and surrounding counties can upload two songs for submission into the 2016 Rock for a Cause battle-of-the-bands competition!

All ages and genres are welcome, whether they are solo acts, duets or bands. The two songs can be either audio or video files, and the form has a few quick questions for the bands to complete, too.

Once submissions close on Sept. 18, online voting will begin for the top six acts. The public will vote online for their favorite bands from Sept. 19 through Oct. 7. The six bands with the most online votes will perform live at Rock for a Cause on Nov. 12, 2016 in Downtown Sarasota. Live and online voting will take place that night to determine the overall winner!

The winning band will receive $1,500 cash and will also be the closing act for the event.

If you have any questions about submitting songs or competing in Rock for a Cause, please email us at srqrocks-submissions@sone.com or call 941.256.7983.

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Get Ready Bands! You Have 2 Weeks Before Submissions Start

That’s right! It’s almost time for musicians who want to compete in this year’s Rock for a Cause to upload their songs at SRQRocks.org. We’ll be accepting two song submissions from each competing act between Aug. 1 and Sept. 18.

All ages and genres are welcome! Solo acts, duets and bands can enter. You will need to submit either audio or video files of the two songs of your choosing.

Once submissions are closed, online voting will begin for the top six acts. The public will vote online for their favorite bands from Sept. 19 through Oct. 7. The six bands with the most online votes will perform live at Rock for a Cause on Nov. 12, 2016 in Downtown Sarasota. Live and online voting will take place that night to determine the overall winner!

The winning band will receive $1,500 cash and will also be the closing act for the event.

If you have any questions about submitting your songs or competing in Rock for a Cause, please email us at srqrocks-submissions@sone.com or call 941.256.7983.