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The Rocker:  January News from Rock the Cause!
Mayor declares RTC Day
Gimme Shelter: A Benefit for Haiti
Featured Band: White Light Riot
Free Music: Stellar Vector
A note from Free Arts Minnesota
Glitter Ball 3 Contest!

The Bloodsugars from NYC are coming to Minneapolis to perform at Glitter Ball 3. They want to know about your most awkward, outrageous, and silly or even painful High School Prom moment.

E-mail your story (150 words or less, pleaase)  to rockstar@irockthecause.org and The Bloodsugars will choose their favorite story. You will win a copy of their critically acclaimed CD "I can't go on, I'll Go On" plus two tickets to Glitter Ball 3 and back stage passes to party with the band.  
"If the current year were 1984 I would have a huge poster of The Bloodsugars hanging in my dorm room. Each song from "I can't Go On, I'll Go on" is like a long lost mixed tape of all my favorite 80's bands.". - Scott Herold CEO Rock the Cause  

"The Brookyln-based foursome takes radio-ready melodies and power chord guitar rock and blends them with dance floor beats, keyboards, and synths. The group's debut EP, BQEP, rides on the neon glow of six, tightly wound pop songs riddled with catchy hooks." - NPR

"No matter how low your blood sugar, when you hear these songs you'll go on, and find yourself in the mood to dance. The irresistible beats and catchy hooks of this tight synth-pop quartet would enhance any party.". - The New Yorker

Listen to The Bloodsugars at http://www.thebloodsugars.com/#/page/1

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RTC minisiteVisumm Media creates
New 'Introduction to RTC' mini-site
Visumm Media has generously donated their time and efforts to create a wonderful Who/What/How/Why introduction to Rock the Cause. This mini-site is a multi-media excursion into the wild, wonderful world of RTC, explaining who we are, what we do, and the impact we have on our community. Click the image above to check out the videos, images, quotes and see how you can "Rock the Cause!"

Glitter Ball 3: Big Hair Big Hearts, coming January 29!

A Tribute to the music of the 80s to benefit
Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Twin Cities.

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Featuring Alison Scott, The Melismatics, White Light Riot. The Notties, The Bloodsugars (from NYC), Stellar Vector and DJ Jake Rudh, this concert will help bring new donors and much-needed mentors to Big Brothers Big Sisters.

This year, Glitter Ball pays tribute to the music and styles of the 80s! Don't miss a night of guilty pleasures, complete with free "Big Hair" makeovers by Jungle Red Salon, 80s Drink Prices, wine, chocolate truffles, Pabst Blue Ribbon, Minnesota Roller Girls, Vikings cheerleaders, and more!

Seating is limited! Buy your tickets now at:
$15 advance / $20 at the door.
VIP package includes open bar and reserved seating.

January 29, 2010
Music Box Theater, 1407 Nicollet Avenue, Minneapolis, MN

Headbangers Happy Hour begins at 6:30 P.M. with DJ Jake Rudh
and the bands start playing at 8:00 P.M..

Minneapolis Mayor declares Rock the Cause for Big Brothers Big Sisters Day on Jan. 29!
Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak has proclaimed January 29, 2010, as Rock the Cause for Big Brothers Big Sisters Day.

"We are thrilled to partner with Rock the Cause so we may share the mentoring movement with Twin Cities' music fans," comments Gloria C. Lewis, President and CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Twin Cities. "And, I am thankful to Mayor Rybak for recognizing this unique partnership and for his continued support of Big Brothers Big Sisters youth mentoring programs." To read the full Press Release, click HERE.

GIMME SHELTER:  A Benefit for Haiti
Mark Mallman and Solid Gold will co-headline Gimme Shelter: A Benefit Concert for Haiti on Saturday, February 6 in the First Avenue Mainroom with openers Peter Wolf Crier and Zoo Animal, and DJs Jimmy2Times and Mike 2600 will keep the party going between sets. The event is hosted by City Pages' Andrea Swensson and Jen Boyles and sponsored by City Pages, Gimme Noise, and First Avenue.

All proceeds from the show will be split evenly between two organizations that are proving especially helpful during these trying times: the Red Cross Haiti Relief & Development Fund and Architecture for Humanity.

Tickets are $12 and go on sale Saturday, Jan. 23 at all First Ave ticket outlets, First Avenue, and Ticketmaster. Click HERE for tickets.

Featured Band:
White Light Riot

Some things just seem to go well together. Like Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert; Jeffrey (The Dude) and Maud Lebowski; and Rock the Cause and White Light Riot. Since their inception the guys in White Light Riot have been a passionate voice in the organization. Over the next couple of months they will be performing at multiple Rock the Cause events, including a full tribute to the legendary English metal band Spinal Tap at Glitter Ball 3!  Scott Herold blogs at the Sacre Bleu Wine website to tell us more about the unique alliance between Rock the Cause and White Light Riot. Read the full article HERE.

Stellar Vector
Free Music: Stellar Vector

Stellar Vector's wants you to have "Denial" for Free! Click HERE for more free music from Rock the Cause artists!
Stellar Vector is truly one of the brightest stars in Minneapolis music universe. A magnitude of danceable goth, glam, and progressive rock that fills the dark voids between rock and roll galaxies! If you are a fan of King Crimson,n, Muse or The Mars Volta, you will adore Stellar Vector!

      - Scott Herold, CEO of Rock the Cause

A note from Free Arts Minnesota:

The people at Rock the Cause have a great passion for the music scene and helping our nonprofits. I love whenever I get a call from them with a new idea to help us grow our base of support.

     - Andrea Satter, Development Director - Free Arts Minnesota

1/25/10: The Notties appear on the Showcase Minnesota show.
1/27/10: The Melismatics appear on the Showcase Minnesota show.
1/27/10: United Way Emerging Leaders Boot Camp
1/29/10: Glitter Ball 3 at The Music Box Theatre
1/30/10: The Arms Akimbo at Sauce in Lyn-Lake Uptown
2/06/10: Gimme Shelter: A Benefit for Haiti at First Avenue.
2/22/10: Open Arms "Love is the Cure" event
2/27/10: Rock the Cause Campus: St. Olaf
The Last Word:

Working with Big Brothers Big Sisters to create Glitter Ball 3 has been
a fun, challenging, rewarding, fulfilling, joyful and humbling
experience.  With only a few months of planning and advertising, BBBS
has seen an incredible uptick in mentors, as well as a substantial
increase of activity on their Facebook and Twitter accounts. Our
partnership has made an incredible impact in a relatively short time. 

We've often said that we accomplish more with 'ten bucks and a pair of
chopsticks' than many other organizations do with their traditional
modalities. But when we actually see the impact we're fostering, we know we're making the world a brighter place.

Thanks to everyone who's stepped up, volunteered or contributed to Big Brothers Big Sisters. You rock - and we salute you - for putting your time and effort out in the community to help others!
Rock On!
The Rock the Cause Team

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So you want to be Rock and Roll star? Be sure to pick up a copy of the March issue of Minnesota Monthly. Glitter Ball 3 will have a full feature photo spread!
Thank you Minnesota Monthly for your continued support! You rock and we salute you!