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Inaugural Ride For Dime East Coast Tri-State Chapter Charity Event This Weekend

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Getcha’ pull! The very first Ride For Dime East Coast Tri-State chapter charity event and concert is set to take place at New Jersey’s Starland Ballroom on Saturday, August 26th, and the lineup is awesome. Bands confirmed for the event include Thy Will Be Done, Silvertomb, Frost Coalition, Black Water Rising, IKILLYA, Alekhine’s Gun, Hammerfight, Lethal Affection, Negative Sky, Common Wealth, Throwdown Syndicate, Kalopsia, Whiskey Time Machine, Palaceburn, Apparition and Enigma Machine. Plus, there will be an All-Star Jam featuring John DeServio, Johnny Kelly, Bob Pantella, Marc Rizzo, Stickman, Mike Lepond, John Outcalt, Corey Pierce, Jack Frost, Ken Dubman, Jennifer “Jenncity” Arroyo, Alan Tecchio, Jay Waterman, and more.

The event will also have special guest hosts such as comedian Don Jamieson, heavy metal personalities and reality stars Adam Poch, Jennifer “Jenncity” Arroyo and Natalie Jansen, alt-model and TV personality Marilyn Mansfield, and the return of Mistress Juliya.

Doors will open at 12:00pm sharp, and tickets are on sale now for just $25. Day of show tickets will go up to $30, so get your tickets now here at the discounted price.

Proceeds will go to two major non-profit charities: MusiCares, which provides confidential emergency health and human services and addition recovery to music people in need, and Marines Care, which provides benevolent assistance to wounded military members, those on active duty, and veterans nationwide, plus their families.

Ride For Dime organizer and former God Forbid drummer Corey Pierce shares his thoughts on the event, “I feel honored to be surrounded by talented and caring people who love music, and who loved Darryl as a musician, but also loved what he stood for throughout his life. This event is a step in strengthening the metal family while showing our admiration and respect for one of metals greatest legends, and I am so happy to be a part of it.

Alekhine’s Gun‘s Jessica Pimentel said this:”We are honored to be a part of this wonderful evening – so much so that we broke our hiatus to participate in raising money and awareness for these great charities, especially MusiCares who helped us out after the devastation of Hurricane Sandy ruined our music equipment and studio. We look forward to enjoying all the bands and fans and having a great time. Getcha’ pull for Dimebag Darrell!

Former Type O Negative and current Danzig drummer Johnny Kelly added: “I‘m really looking forward to taking part in the upcoming RIDE FOR DIME show! I’ve had the privilege of playing at other RFD shows in the past, but getting to do it in my hometown will be even more fun! It’s all for a good cause and I’m always happy to be a part of anything that helps preserve Dime’s legacy.

For more information on RIDE FOR DIME East Coast Tri-State chapter charity event, visit the event’s Facebook page!

Adopt the Arts: Honoring Billy Gibbons & Butch Trucks

Rock n roll’s elite graced the red carpet and the stage at the Roxy, on January 12th , to raise money for music education at the first annual Adopt the Arts Charity event. Those in attendance  included Billy Gibbons (ZZ Top), Butch Trucks (The Allman Brothers), Slash, Duff McKagan (Guns ‘N Roses, Velvet Revolver), Richie Sambora (Bon Jovi), Steve Lukather (Toto), Edgar Winter, Jimmy Vivino (Conan O’Brien), Frankie Perez, and Adopt the Arts co-founder Matt Sorum (Guns ‘N Roses, Velvet Revolver). The backing band for the evening was The Disreputable Few. Orianthi walked in holding hands with Richie Sambora, both wearing stylish hats, and there was lots of bling flashing around everyone’s necks. These rock stars don’t age, they looked better than ever!

 As I walked in to the delicately lighted room and past the auction items, there were chairs where people would usually stand. Once I sat down, a friendly server brought some appetizers. The catering for the event was delicious.

The show began with Matt Sorum talking about Adopt the Arts and how important music education is to both our youth and society as a whole. His co-founder Abigail Berman shared a few words, herself, and statistics about the decline in music education in California schools. Sadly, only one out of ten kids get an arts education.

They strongly pushed the message that the purpose of the evening was to raise funds for music education and to have fun doing so. And they raised a lot of money. During the intermission they auctioned off signed guitars, original photography and Matt Sorum’s signed drum heads. At one point the audience started making donations. I heard two $5,000 donations, $500 donations plus other smaller amounts. This was what the event was all about, donating for music education and about giving back to the arts, the concert was a bonus.

It was sold out with good reason. The honorees of the night were Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees Billy Gibbons, lead guitarist of ZZ Top, and  Butch Trucks, one of the founding members of the Allman Brothers Band. These men are legends and to see them on stage and play in an intimate venue like the Roxy is an experience I will never forget.

Billy played all the classics and my favorite song, Cheap Sun Glasses. Highlights of the night included Edgar Winter playing the blues alongside Billy Gibbons, Richie Sambora jamming shoulder to shoulder with his lovely lady Orianthi. They looked and sounded great together!  Matt Sorum turned in his drums for the bongos for selected songs and did a great job getting the audience into the mood. The night was pure rock and roll and soul!

Something that touched me is when Butch Trucks talked about music’s impact on his life growing up. He said he was in marching band eighth grade through high school. He added that he is now 67 years old and sometimes it is hard for him to climb the three steps to his drums, but when he starts playing he feels like an 18 year old super hero. He added, “With music, you don’t need your head… you feel it!”

The concert continued with hit classics from the Allman Brothers. The Grand Finale was all the rock stars jamming out together in unison. It was star studded event that will go down in history! It was the first live event to have a full 360 view that viewers could watch online. It was also the first event like this for Adopt the Arts and I was a part of it!

Adopt the Arts Foundation really hits home with me. At the age of 7 I started playing the piano. I also took violin and cello lessons. It  was really cool to learn how to play those instruments and play along with other students. As I grew into my teens I fell in love with rock n roll and metal. I started playing guitar at age 14 and I played all through high school and spent many Friday and Saturday nights at home with my guitar. As an adult I still sit with my original Fender guitar and play my favorite songs. I never made it to rock star status but I love music so much that I found away to be in the industry as a music journalist.

Programs like Adopt the Arts are vital to help develop well rounded individuals. Playing those instruments as a young child taught me discipline, responsibility, gave me confidence and it made me feel good about myself! It is sad and disturbing to hear that music and art budgets have been cut back drastically in California. As a society, we need to support non-profits such as Adopt the Arts. We have to show the youth the future is not just the internet and the latest technology, it’s about self expression and raw emotions. And music education highlights these very important qualities.

About Adopt the Arts
Founded in 2010, Adopt the Arts Foundation brings together well-known artists, public figures, and the general public to save the arts in America’s public schools. Co-founders Abby Berman and Matt Sorum believe that it is morally and ethically incumbent upon the public-at-large to foster the creativity, dreams, hopes, and imaginations of our children. Adopt the Arts is dedicated to improving the academic performance of every child through the gift of making art and music available to public school students. In 2011, Adopt the Arts chose Rosewood Avenue Elementary (West Hollywood, CA) as its pilot school, working directly with the principal and the booster club to ensure that the students receive exposure to all the arts disciplines, including music, dance, theater, and visual arts. Adopt the Arts is paying the salary of the music teacher and has outfitted a music room with donated keyboards, guitars, and drums. With the help of the arts education branch of LAUSD, Adopt the Arts is identifying the most underserved schools in the district as it prepares for its next series of adoptions. In September 2012, Adopt the Arts donated 1,000 musical instruments (i.e. drum kits, keyboards, guitars, bass guitars) to LAUSD elementary schools. Each school site is available to be “adopted” by anyone that wants to help—whether a business, a working artist, celebrity or public figure—to underscore the importance of community involvement. As of December 2014, Adopt the Arts has now adopted Westminster Elementary School in Venice, CA and their music program will begin at the school in January 2015. (adoptthearts.org)

Story by Raquel Figlo

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