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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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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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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

Media Contact:

Shellie Terry Benson

941-256-7915

shellie.benson@sone.com

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Rock for a Cause Kicks Off with a Rooftop Party

The music was wafting down Main Street, Sarasota, from up above, thanks to the talented group of musicians from the Del Couch Music Education Foundation, which is our new partner for the 2016 Rock for a Cause. The Foundation stars, Paige Merriman, Matt Walden and Sam Woolf, helped us kick off the fundraising efforts for the 3rd annual event, along with some major announcements from the S-One team, all on the fourth floor rooftop patio of the Ellis Building on Main Street.

Announcements:

  • In addition to welcoming our new partner, the Del Couch Music Education Foundation, we announced the official date of this year’s Rock for a Cause, which is Nov. 12, 2016.
  • Rock for a Cause is coming back to the streets of Downtown Sarasota! In fact, it will be held right on Main Street at Orange Avenue, in front of S-One’s headquarters in the Ellis Building.
  • S-One announced that it will dedicate $1 per every order for the two months leading up to this year’s Rock for a Cause.
  • Funds raised by S-One and partnering sponsors will be used to send Del Couch Foundation students to the Berklee College of Music Summer Programs.

“Our goal is to send five students to the Berklee Summer Program,” says Angie Lane, a member of S-One’s Leadership Team. “By donating $1 per order for two months, S-One is ensuring that one of those five students will definitely go. We’re counting on our generous sponsor partners to help us reach our goal.”

The kick-off party was complete with a rockin’ auction, with generous donations made by New Jersey artist Jay Alders, 2014 Rock for a Cause winners, Seven Years Past, On1 Cycle and Tropical Beach Resorts. Click on the gallery below to see scenes from the party, and call us at 941.256.7983 or email srqrocks-submissions@sone.com to learn more about sponsorship, vending and donation opportunities for this year’s Rock for a Cause!

Photography by Trinity Welch

Rock for a Cause Kick-Off Party Gallery
Featured in LWR Life magazine: Matt Walden, Paige Merriman, Sam Woolf, Alex Preston and Raven Chapman.

Learn More About Our New Partner

We’re pretty excited about our rockin’ new partner, the Del Couch Music Education Foundation, which offers free mentoring, recording and performance opportunities for young musicians from around the Sarasota-Manatee region and beyond. Visit the Foundation website, here. Want to learn more? Check out this article from LWR Life magazine, featuring 2015 Rock for a Cause winner, Paige Merriman.

Featured in LWR Life magazine: Matt Walden, Paige Merriman, Sam Woolf, Alex Preston and Raven Chapman.

Featured in LWR Life magazine: Matt Walden, Paige Merriman, Sam Woolf, Alex Preston and Raven Chapman.

American Idol and Foundation alum Sam Woolf performs with Manatee School for the Arts student Jay Moreno and MSA guitar instructor and Foundation mentor, Erol Ozsever

S-One Announces New Rock for a Cause Partnership with Del Couch

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S-One Holdings Corporation is pleased to announce its new Rock for a Cause partner: The Del Couch Music Education Foundation. S-One and the Foundation will co-present the 2016 Rock for a Cause battle-of-the-bands event to be held this Fall.

S-One has spearheaded Rock for a Cause for the past two years, celebrating the community and its local musicians. In year one, rockers Seven Years Past took the title and donated funds to Riverview High School. Last year, 15-year-old sensation Paige Merriman won the title, with donations going to Lakewood Ranch High School and the Del Couch Music Education Foundation, where she is mentored by Del, has recorded a CD and performed with the Foundation’s other talented musicians, such as 2014 American Idol contestant Sam Woolf, and iTunes chart-topping singer-songwriter Matt Walden. Each year, the winning schools also received additional grant money from the Community Foundation of Sarasota County.

“Being a part of the Del Couch Music Education Foundation and having the honor of winning such a respectable title has really put things into perspective for me,” Paige says. “Rock for a Cause showed me that I am, in fact, capable of much more than I thought. I can’t thank everyone enough who’s supported me and continues to do so.”

During the Foundation’s annual fundraiser, Heart of the Song, on March 19, 2016, S-One announced the new partnership. Funds raised through the 2016 Rock for a Cause event will be allocated to sending Foundation students to the Berklee College of Music Summer Internship program. The Heart of the Song featured performances by Sam Woolf, Matt Walden, Paige Merriman and One Night Rodeo.

“I’m excited to partner with a great community leader like S-One,” says Del Couch, founder of the Del Couch Music Education Foundation. “For these kids, spending a summer at Berklee’s program gives them exposure to the best music instructors at the leading music university in the world.”

Stay tuned to Rock for a Cause’s web page and Facebook page for updates on sponsorship opportunities, band submissions and event details.

“Our No. 1 goal with Rock for a Cause is to give back to the community in a fun and meaningful way, specifically ensuring that kids have access to music and arts programs – and Del’s Foundation is a great avenue to do just that,” says S-One’s Shauna Malgieri, head of the Rock for a Cause Executive Committee. “This event captures S-One’s family spirit while bringing together local musicians with some good, old-fashioned competition. We’re definitely ready to rock this year! Are you?”

Check out the gallery of photos from the Heart of the Song benefit, during which we announced our new partnership:

 

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See 2015 Rock for a Cause Winner Paige Merriman Perform!

 

Come see 2015 Rock for a Cause winner Paige Merriman perform at Heart Of The Song 2016!

She’ll be performing along with country band One Night Rodeo, 2014 American Idol contestant Sam Woolf, iTunes chart-topping singer-songwriter Matt Walden and many other talented performers from the Del Couch Music Education Foundation for this annual fund raiser.

Hope to see you there! And stay tuned to our Facebook page for the latest updates on the 2016 Rock for a Cause event, to be held this Fall!

For more information and to purchase tickets for the Heart Of The Song 2016, see below and visit the Del Couch Music Education Foundation.

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