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The Rocker:  June 2010 New RTC Events Announced! 
Rock the Cause presents Rock the Vine
The Beer Dabbler Showcase
Board Member Named Top 5 Young Professionals
I'm with the DJ
Just Dreamy for Caroline Smith
Free Music:
Rock the Cause
Grand Old Day Sampler

GoD Sampler
Rock the Cause is proud to announce the first ever Grand Old Day Sampler! We've partnered with Grand Avenue Business Association and the Twin Cities music community to help raise awareness and support for Free Arts Minnesota and Minnesota AIDS Project! 

The Grand Old Day Sampler showcases donated tracks by Dessa, Catchpenny, Mark Mallman, Zoo Animal, Roster McCabe, First Communion After Party, The Melismatics, Ari Herstand, and Red Pens.

This collection of music is available for free download with any advance purchase of a Grand Old Day Festival Garden wristband.

Click here to get yours today!

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Join Rock the Cause  at Grand Old Day,  Sunday, June 6!

Grand Old Day RTC
Rock the Cause has partnered with Grand Avenue Business Association to make the 37th Annual Grand Old Day the largest charitable party of the year! Rock the Cause will show its Rock and Roll heart with a spectacular mainstage lineup, featuring Ari Herstand and full band, Catchpenny, and Roster McCabe.

For the first time ever, attendees can buy advance festival garden wristbands through the Rock the Cause  website, with $4 of every wrist band going to support Free Arts Minnesota, Minnesota AIDS Project and Rock the Cause! Wristbands will cost the same amount at the event, but only .75 cents will go to charity.

Rock the Cause has chosen Free Arts Minnesota and Minnesota AIDS Project as our causes to rock!  Art supplies will be collected for charitable programs for children, for a chance to win a collection of Neil Diamond classic vinyl records, courtesy of Warner Music Group.

Buy yours today and help support local charities! Good for all seven stages including Von Bondies, Free Energy, Dessa, Mark Mallman, The Melismatics and more!

Special thanks to our sponsors: Betsey Johnson, Network Medics, State Farm Insurance, Summit Brewery, Pepsi, Jungle Red...

Grand Old Day 2010
Grand Avenue, Saint Paul, MN

Sunday, June 6
Live music 12 PM to 5 PM

Click Here to purchase tickets!

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Rock The Vine
Rock the Vine!

Did you leave your heart in San Francisco? Do you wish you could hop a plane and spend a weekend in Napa Valley? We do, too!

Rock the Cause, Youth Advantage and Saint Croix Vineyards are proud to host the inaugural Rock the Vine Music Festival at Saint Croix Vineyards on Saturday, July 17 from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Top local and regional artists will come together for an afternoon of music, food, wine
tastings and more- all while benefiting a great cause.

Set within the heart of the St. Croix River Valley, wine and music lovers will be treated to wine, blues and soul in the picturesque surroundings of this lush Minnesota vineyard. 

Rock the Cause will celebrate the legacy of American Soul & Rhythm n Blues featuring Alison Scott, The 4onthefloor, Cadillac Kolstad & Corn Bread Harris, The Midnight Mo Experience and The RTC All Stars!

Saint Croix Vineyards has generously agreed to donate 50% of all wine sales the day of the event, and 80% of proceeds will benefit Youth Advantage. Youth Advantage's mission is to ensure that under-privelidged children have access to musical instruments, sports equipment, and after school art and sports programs.

We want to ensure that every dollar raised from Rock the Vine goes to support the important work of Youth Advantage and are in seek of sponsors to help cover our event costs. Please contact jodipetrich@hotmail.com if interested in sponsoring this great event.

Tickets will be available June 7, 2010 through the Rock the Cause ticketing page. Cost: $15 in advance; $20 day of show and VIP packages will be available.
The Beer Dabbler!

Rock the Cause would like to thank
The Beer Dabbler Showcase for their continued support.

Join Rock the Cause and The Beer Dabbler June 19, 2010 for "Bells and Bikes" at Brassa Nordeast Minneapolis and on Grand Avenue in Saint Paul, MN.

Breakfast and beer on the patio at Brasa NE @ 9:30 am -- 3 tracks of riders will split up and stop at 3 "checkpoint" restaurants, each, along the way -- the riders will rendezvous at Brassa Saint Paul, arriving between 1:00-2:00 pm.

The afternoon portion of the event in Saint Paul will feature live music by Romantica and The Midnight Mo Experience!

$30 for Breakfast and Beer ( A portion of all proceeds benefits Rock the Cause)

No admission for the afternoon event!

For more details contact Joe at jalton@thebeerdabbler.com 
Adam GislasonRock the Cause Board Member Adam Gisalson Named of the Twin Cites Top 25 Young Professionals!
Rock the Cause Board Member Adam Gislason was named one of Twin Cities 25 Finest Young Professionals by the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation's (CFF) Minnesota/Dakotas Chapter. Honorees are professionals between the ages of 24 and 39, who have achieved professional, personal and philanthropic successes. Adam is
is a founding member of Rock the Cause and a passionate voice in our organization, leading our Risk Management Committee. Adam's knowledge of the legal pitfalls that can lead to litigation has been instrumental in making sure that Rock the Cause has a safe and accountable culture.
Adam combined his passion for music and volunteerism by performing at numerous charitable shows with his former group, So It Goes. Adam and the members of So It Goes put a little "Live Aid" into everything they did with their high-energy synth pop performances.  Adam is currently working on a new dance-pop-rock project with Dirty McKenzie (formerly DJ Apollo) and friends from other local, indie bands.  
Adam's wife, Paula -- a  native of Bogotá, Colombia -- recently became a US Citizen. Adam and Paula are an inspiring example of what an individual can do to promote justice, freedom and equality.

Adam recently started his own legal firm Synder Gislason Farsier LLC. Adam comes from a long line of pedigree Minneapolis Lawyers.
All of us at Rock the Cause are proud of Adam and his accomplishments. We are truly honored to have his voice, energy and prestige in our organization.

I'm With the DJ
headphonesBy Jodi Petrich

You likely support Rock the Cause because you have an appreciation for music and its ability to bring people together for a great cause and a good time. While RTC is known for showcasing great bands, there is an entire segment of the Cities that dances to a different drummer.
Minneapolis has a thriving electronic music scene - you name the genre, we've got it. International superstars constantly swing through thanks to promoters such as Sound in Motion and V2 Nightlife. Hometown heroes such as Chuck Love (aka the "Prince" of house music) travel the globe sharing the essence of Minneapolis with packed dance floors. First Avenue is busy again thanks to Soviet Panda (Too Much Love) and VIP Room residents Hot Dish, who host local and national talent on their monthly night, "Black", to name a few.
Sometimes it's a dive bar, other times it's a packed club, but whatever your musical fancy, you can find it any night of the week. There's even a new radio station, Energy 89.7, that's striving to shakeup the airwaves with an electronic tip.
Still prefer a band? Consider checking out Tambuca - deep house music with a Latin vibe and 100% improvised - or The New Congress, whose blend of R&B and rock pleases fans of all musical preferences. The DJ's create the foundation from which the bands can jam, and jam they do.
Most importantly, they give back. For example, after the tsunami hit in 2004, 36 DJ's donated their time and together raised $10,000 for the World Health Organization. DJ's, like bands, want to rock and use their talents to support the community.
We're excited to bring a new element to the RTC mix and to further our mission through the power of music. Watch this space for future events, emerging artist info and more free downloads.
Artist Profile: Caroline Smith and the Goodnight Sleeps
By Ali Goldberg
Everything about this band is just charming: from the lead singer to the folksy, stripped-down beats that this trio pumps out. Their new album Backyard Tent Set is full of songs that are witty and sweet, without giving you a sugar-induced headache. The band is composed of quirky vocals by front woman Caroline Smith, whose strawberry blonde hair and freckles only add to the sunny disposition of her music. Arlen Peiffer on drums and Jesse Schuster on bass provide a simple yet perfect blend of acoustics to Smith's fantastically unique voice.  Her songs hint at the simplicity of young love and childhood things, while proving their strength as well-written ballads from an intricate and creative mind.
6/06/10: Grand Old Day featuring the Rock the Cause Main Stage
               with Ari Herstand and full band, Catchpenny, and Roster
               McCabe, $10 Get tickets here
6/19/10:  Rock the Garden presented  by 89.3 The Current
6/26/10: Twin Cities Pride Festival in Minneapolis' Loring Park
               featuring the Village People
7/09/10:  Basilica of St. Mary presents the Basilica Block Party
7/10/10:  Basilica of St. Mary presents the Basilica Block Party
7/17/10:  Rock the Cause presents Rock the Vine at St. Croix Vineyards
               in Stillwater, MN
7/22/10:  Cistic Fibrosis Foundation Awards Ceremony at the
                Varsity Theater     

Rock the Cause would like to welcome our new community partners . We could not continue our work without you. You rock and we salute you!
 Please click on the logos below to learn more about our community partners.

Betsey Johnson    Network Medics    32Below    Summit     St Croix Vineyards  B Agency  SoundMattersBeer Dabbler