The 6th annual We Rock for Autism benefit concert is just days away. This year’s event will be held at the Gin Mill & Grille (formerly Garfield’s) in Northampton. Organized by local radio personality Matt Metal; We Rock holds two benefit concerts annually in support of autism and breast cancer.
This year’s We Rock for autism will feature a powerhouse line up of four well known local acts who have all generously agreed to donate their time to this worthy cause. Doors open at 5:15 and the music begins at 6pm. The line up and performance times are:
6pm – 6:50 James Supra Blues Band
7:10 – 8pm The Large Flowerheads
8:20 – 9:20 Dina Hall
9:45 – 11pm Jake Kaligas and the New Constitution
Donation is $5 at the door, which as I’ve stated in the past is a virtual steal to see these top acts individually, let alone on the same bill. All proceeds raised will benefit the Lehigh Valley chapter of Autism Speaks.
The Gin Mill features a large music hall to the rear of the establishment with a raised stage for perfect viewing from any spot, there is also ample room to boogie down and groove to the beat of your favorite band. The Large Flowerheads in particular are a band you just can’t stay in your seat for. The Gin Mill also has a menu of mouth watering pub grub to fuel your appetite and power your dancing feet.
Matt Metal does a bang up job each year in organizing this event. Well respected and adored in the local music community, top bands and performers eagerly sign on to support his events. All funds raised through We Rock remain in the local community and directly benefit area residents. With minimal overhead and no bloated salaries (Matt and his team are all volunteers), you can be sure your donation will have the most impact.
It is likely that someone you know or their family is struggling with autism. In the past it was said that 1 in approximately 150 children were being diagnosed on the autism spectrum, now those figures have increased significantly to more than 1 in 88 children. Autism is more commonly found in boys with the ratio for boys being 1 in 54 (source: http://www.autismspeaks.org/what-autism). Autism is not just a childhood issue and does not disappear upon reaching adulthood; many adults are battling with autism, and often remain untreated and undiagnosed.
I attended We Rock last year and it was an outstanding and well run event. Unfortunately this year We Rock partially conflicts with the upcoming LVRG roller derby bout. If you are attending the Lehigh Valley Rollergirls vs. Garden State bout this Saturday, consider heading over to the Gin Mill immediately following the match. We Rock will be going strong until 11pm and you will be able to catch remaining two acts as well as support a wonderful effort.
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