For A Reason
14 bands stage a charity jam at The Terminal
By Rick Coates 8/31/09
Ida Reed, lead singer of Northern Michigan based rockers Callous, is Rockin For A Reason this weekend. Actually, Rose has several reasons to rock.
We are raising money for two worthwhile charities with an all-day music event featuring 14 bands at The Terminal, said Reed. But I want this to go beyond the charities; I want to help put rock and roll back into the live music scene in Northern Michigan.
Rockin For A Reason takes place Sunday, September 6 at The Terminal in Traverse City. Doors open at Noon and the $10 ticket price will go to benefit The American Red Cross of Northwest Michigan and The Veterans of Foreign Wars of Traverse City.
When I was looking at charities for this first event I wanted to be sure that the money raised would stay here in Northern Michigan, said Reed. My goal with my production company R.I.P.-Rhoda Inc. Productions is to host six events of this nature a year. I have a three-event deal with The Terminal and I am looking at other venues for the other events. Each event we will designate two charities.
As for putting rock back into the local music scene, Reed said there is a lot of great music in the region being overlooked.
I love all kinds of music, but there is an emphasis on blues style music for the live scene up here. I do not have a problem with that and I know a lot of others want to see some diversity, said Reed. There are a lot of bands rockin out, with a lot of talent and we can fill up the bars if we are given a chance.
Rockin For A Reason includes an eclectic collection of bands and musicians.
We have all genres of rock covered, from heavy metal, classic rock, 80s metal, modern rock, modern metal to easy listening, along with Top 40, progressive and alternative rock and even an Ozzy tribute band, said Reed. All of these bands are donating their time. I am real happy about that. When I got started in the live music scene years ago with Riot Akt, there was this brotherhood among musicians around the state and somehow over the years that seems to have disappeared, so we are hoping that these types of events will help to reconnect the brotherhood.
Rockin For A Reason will feature two stages along with a unique fundraising opportunity.
We are going to have a really cool silent auction throughout the day, said Reed. But what I am really excited about is we have Candid Lens Studios coming in and they will take pictures of you with your favorite bands and the proceeds will benefit the charities.
CALLING ALL GUITAR HEROES
In addition to the bands, auction and photograph and autograph session there will be a Guitar Hero Competition and something for country music fans.
We will have both a competitive and non-competitive Guitar Hero Competition with all the proceeds going to the charities, said Reed. In the Double D Saloon there will be country music and line dancing all afternoon and evening.
Rockin For A Reason will be co-hosted by Joey Callahan of Radius Recording with a special appearance by Howie Beno who has worked with Blondie, The Red Hot Chili Peppers and others.
I am certainly grateful for everyone who has stepped up to help make this happen, said Reed. My band mates in particular for donating their whole day to help with the staging and assist the other bands throughout the day with their technical needs.
Rose has another reason to be excited about the day.
My 15-year-old son Tyler Cervenka will be joining us on stage for the first time. He will play rhythm guitar on the first two songs and his father John Cervenka will join us as well, playing bass, said Reed.
Reed is also looking for charities, bands and venues for future events.
Doors open at Noon with music starting at 2 pm. Tickets are $10, available at the door. For details check out rockinforareason.com or contact Ida Reed at 231-645-2014.