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The Rocker:  February News from Rock the Cause!
Ari Herstand DVD release
Glitter Ball 3 results
Ana's Playground
Featured Band: 32 Below
Free Music: Capital Sons
So it Goes Rock the Cause
Dear Rock the Cause Community,
Rock the Cause is 100% supported by private donations. Our operating budget is very modest at less than $20,000 per year.
As you can see in this newsletter we make a tremendous impact in our community. We don't have to worry about chasing a $50 Million dollar a year budget. Instead we get to focus on our mission.
Our organization is growing. Every dollar we spend goes to delivering amazing programming that showcases great causes and emerging artists.
Over the course of the year we incur costs like insurance, part time staff, production, and marketing.
Rock the Cause is an organization dedicated to empowering people in a way that todays generation finds engaging!
Please support us by making a tax deductible contribution to Rock the Cause.
Donate online at:
We are built by love, and fueled by Rock and Roll.
Thank you for your support!
Nika Kuzlac
Rock the Cause
Associate Director       
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Rock the Cause Campus and St Olaf College MEC present
"After School Special" costume charity ball

After School Special

Rock the Cause, St. Olaf College, and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southern Minnesota have formed a League of Super Heroes to promote safe play and one-to-one mentoring for children. Also joining the ensemble is Eric Howell, whose film Ana's Playground, has generated Oscar-worthy buzz for its stunning portrayal for children living and playing in war-ravaged communities.

The After School Special Costumed Charity Ball will feature music from classic children's programs and other activities that emphasize the value of having a safe and positive childhood. There will be on-campus screenings of the award-winning Indie film, Ana's Playground, on Friday and Sunday, and a preview of the film during Saturday's event. Musical performances will include outlaw country national headliner, 32 Below (our featured band below) and Minneapolis-based Indie superstars, White Light Riot.

"Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southern Minnesota is very excited to partner with the students at St. Olaf College.  Rock the Cause will bring awareness to the powerful impact of one-to-mentoring.  We look forward to showing St. Olaf students how they can help change how children grow up in their community."
     Michelle Redman
     Fund Development Coordinator
     Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southern Minnesota

Saturday, February 27, 2010
Lion's Pause, St. Olaf College
1520 St. Olaf Ave, Northfield, MN.
Doors at 8:00 PM; the event starts immediately.
Tickets: $8 All Ages show and open to the public.
Tickets are available at www.irockthecause.org or at the door day of show.

Ari Herstand DVD release at the Fine Line Music Cafe

Ari Herstand

Just because Rock the Cause isn't throwing the event, doesn't mean we aren't involved! Rock the Cause advocate and local musician, Ari Herstand, will be releasing his DVD and music video on Friday, February 26th at the Fine Line Music Cafe.  Rock the Cause will be attending the event to promote our organization and to support our long-time patron and friend, Ari Herstand. 

This is the official release of Ari's Live At The Pause DVD (which features his unique live looping solo show) and the premiere of the Rose Stained Red music video. Ari will perform half of his set solo and half with a band. The event will also feature Casey Carlson (of American Idol), Ben Kyle (of Romantica) and LA singer-songwriter, Skyler Stonestreet. 

Everyone who purchases advance tickets will receive a Swag Bag containing the official show poster and other band goodies.

Doors: 8:00 P.M. /  Music: 9:00 P.M.
$7 for 21+ / $10 for 18+

Purchase or pre-order the DVD at: www.ariherstand.com/dvdrelease

Glitter Ball 3
Glitter Ball results
are in!
We want to thank everyone who made Glitter Ball 3 our most successful Glitter Ball to date! We encourage the Rock the Cause Community  to continue to support Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Twin Cities, by donating time and resources to impact the life of a child. 

Over 400 people attended our sold out event at the Music Box Theatre. Our marketing campaign reached an estimated 80,000 people in the Twin Cities region, which gave Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) a significant surge in their Facebook and Twitter accounts. This also led to a record number of people signing and attending mentor orientations.

We were proud to support the the incredible  artists who performed at Glitter Ball 3. They helped us fulfill our mission to create a new generation of stewardship for BBBS. After all expenses were paid, we delivered $4,520 to Big Brothers Big Sisters. (That is 25% of the Rock the Cause Annual Operating Budget!)  We challenge any organization to deliver at the level we deliver with the minimal budget we have to work with.

Rock the Cause is very blessed to have the support of the volunteers, artists, corporations, the media and the fans. Thank you all for your support, hard work and great karma. Please help us to continue our good work by supporting our bands, events and sponsors.

To read the full article and results, or see photos of the event, visit the Rock the Cause News Page.

Ana's Playground
Rock the Cause is hosting the first North American campus screening of the award winning Film Ana's Playground.
We are honored to be working with filmmaker, Eric Howell, to create a model to bring awareness of this amazing film to college campuses across the USA.  
Ana's Playground is an allegory about the moment a child must choose between ideology and humanity while living and playing in a dangerous war environment. Production of the short film was made possible by charitable contributions through Independent Feature Project Minnesota. The filmmakers are offering the film as a publicity and fundraising tool for non-governmental agencies who work to improve the lives of children.
Screenings at St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN:
Friday, Feb. 26 at 7 PM: Viking Theater, Buntrock Commons
Sunday, Feb. 28 at 8 PM: Viking Theater, Buntrock Commons
Admission is free and open to the public. Donations for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southern Minnesota are welcome and encouraged.
For more information please visit www.anasplayground.com.
Featured Band:
32 Below

Rock the Cause has roots in Outlaw Country music. Many of our staff and volunteers grew up listening to the likes of Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings. We are pleased to announce that 32 Below will be performing at our next Rock the Cause Campus event, After School Special, at St Olaf College on Saturday, February 27.
It's been nearly 8 years since country-rockers 32 Below released their debut album. Now, 4 albums later and over 20,000 CD's sold, 32 Below is currently writing their fifth album in their studio in West Fargo, North Dakota. In early 2009, 32 Below landed a guitar string endorsement from GHS strings. With multiple songs in rotation on radio stations in major markets across the U.S., as well as playing 150-200 shows a year, 32 Below is turning heads the way they always have: one at a time. 32 Below will open this years We Fest Country Music Festival on August 5-7, near Detroit Lakes, Minnesota!

Capitol Suns
Free Music: Capital Sons

Capital Sons come to us from Duluth, MN. They are the kind of band that you would expect to hear playing in the bars of Topanga Canyon in California.
Capital Son's latest release "Dirty Neon" will put you in the mood for another Tequila Sunsrise and another night in Hollywood.

Rock the Cause is always proud to promote and present new artists who put their music where their hearts are

Get your free tracks here!
2/19/10: Alison Scott performs at the Dakota Jazz Club.
2/22/10: Open Arms "Love is the Cure" event
2/26/20: Ari Herstand DVD release at the Fine Line Music Cafe.
2/27/10: Rock the Cause Campus: After School Special
              at St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN.
3/02/10: Minnesota Citizens for the Arts present
Arts Advocacy Day at the Capitol
3/03/10: Alison Scott and Sara Haze perform
              at The Triple Rock Social Club
3/05/10: The Alarmists, The Farewell Circuit, Greycoats
              and Mercer Live at The Varsity Theater
3/10/10: Minnesota AIDS Project presents AIDS Action Day
              at the Capitol
4/17/10: Clare Housing presents Sci Fi Bingo with hostess,
              Miss Richfield 1981
The Last Word:

Thanks to everyone who responded to our recent survey. Our scientists are still analyzing the data, but here are a few comments and kudos we received from our fabulous patrons:

"I love live music and supporting good causes, so this way I can enjoy both at the same time."

"It's a great cause, they put together great shows and they are truly committed to preserving and enhancing the Twin Cities music scene."

"Because they combine fun with education and they expose me to groups and bands I wouldn't normally be exposed to."

"Love to see the organization grow and make a difference in the community.  Also love to support young musicians, as I am raising a few."

"It (Glitter Ball) is a great event that is not stuffy and you can let your hair down!"

Thank you all for your kindness, support and continued affirmation that we're meeting our goals and making our community a better place every day.

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!