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The Rocker:  September 2010: Our 3rd Anniversary Issue ! 
Rock the Cause presents Cirque Du Serve
Rock the Vine Results
Rock the Cause Sets Grand Old Day Record
Companies Who Rock
The Melismatics:
Your Love is a Poison Video...Lady  Tron!

The Melsimatics
The Melismatics are back with a new video single "Your Love Is A Poison" using the same technology as the Disney classic film, "Tron".

Jeff Bridges AKA The Big Lebowski, starred in the movie Tron. We like watching Pony Hixon Smith's defiance of the "Master Controller" far better in this production.

You have to see this ultimately cool video!

The track is produced by John "Strawberry" Fields (Jonas Brothers, Jimmy Eatworld, Miley Cyrus) and the video is directed by Justin Staggs.

The Melismatics are truly one of the most exciting rock and roll bands ever. We love you Ryan, Pony, Mark, and Ron!      

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A Message From Our CEO
Rock the Cause will go off like a Led Balloon
A Rock the Cause Community member left us a post on Facebook a few days ago. It said "It seems like everyone is rocking the cause and volunteering these days. I am proud to be a part of it."

When we started Rock the Cause three years ago, we had a lot of people tell us we were crazy. They told us it would not work or that we could not sustain it. They even told us the IRS would never go for it... but we are still here and we are growing and expanding.

Over the past three years, we have put almost $100,000 back to work in our community by creating new volunteers and support for our partner organizations. We have introduced new music to thousands of music fans. 

Our Board of Directors and managers are meeting for a retreat in a few weeks. We will work to ensure that we can continue to expand our mission, sustainability and accountability.  

These days, many people are "Rocking the Cause" with us. We do not take that trust lightly. We are very proud of the organization we built. We are proud that we have inspired people to give their time and resources. All of us at Rock the Cause know the work we are doing is bigger than any of us.

As a 501(c)3 organization, we exist to serve a wide variety of people. Rock the Cause belongs to you. It belongs to the causes, the fans, the volunteers, the bands, and the community.

Instead of looking back in nostalgia, we choose to look to the future. We want to show you what you've accomplished this summer, and what we will accomplish together this year.

Rock the Cause is no longer just a local thing. We are a movement. We are the Rock the Cause nation. We are united under the banner of music, community and hope that creates real impact.

All Fired Up,

Scott Herold
CEO and Founder
Rock the Cause, Inc.

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Rock the Cause Campus and UW River Falls
Presents:  Cirque Du Serve!

Rock the Cause and University of Wisconsin - River Falls present Cirque Du Serve on Saturday, September 25.  A close neighbor to the Twin Cities, the UW-River Falls campus boasts a beautiful outdoor amphitheater, which will host a carnival of charitable organizations and great music. 
The event is free to all and welcomes students, friends and neighbors of all ages to learn about the different volunteer opportunities in the area.  Music, food, and other attractions will accompany the 20+ regional non-profit organizations in their carnival-style booths, with musicians Solid Gold and local favorite, Roster McCabe, rocking the band shell. There will also be a special performance by the Golden Dragon Acrobats, a dazzling acrobatic troupe from China and a favorite of University audiences. A special acoustic stage will feature power pop rockers Not Like This!
This event is a part of the Rock the Cause Campus program, which serves to spread awareness and activism among colleges and their surrounding communities. Cirque Du Serve hopes to inspire students to get involved by introducing them to a variety of organizations in the area that want to promote their cause and recruit volunteers.
Where:  University of Wisconsin - River Falls, the Wall Amphitheater

When: Saturday September 25, 2010. Event starts at 3pm!
What: Rock the Cause and UW River Falls Presents "Cirque Du Serve," celebrating local non-profit organizations with a carnival-themed event, with Golden Dragon Acrobats, and featuring music by Not Like This, Solid Gold and Roster McCabe.
Cost: Free!  All ages are welcome! Community-friendly environment.

Rock the Vine Yields No Sour Grapes! Rock the Vine logo

We're proud to announce that our Rock the Vine event was a huge success! The event drew approximately 300 people and grossed $7500. Audience members were treated to delicious Minnesota wines from St Croix Vineyards, as well as performances by Alison Scott, Cadillac Kolstad & Cornbread Harris, The 4onthefloor, and The Midnight Mo Experience.

After all expenses were met (thank you to our community partners), Rock the Cause donated close to $2500 to Youth Advantage, as well as a list of 300 people who wanted to learn more about how they can help. 

Suzanne Block, Executive Director and Founder of Youth Advantage, say's the residual impact has been significant "We are still getting donations. The marketing and press that Rock the Vine created was tremendous in getting our name out there. Rock the Cause did an amazing job creating new awareness and support for Youth Advantage. We look forward to next year's event!"  

Proceeds from the event will help financially challenged families pay for educational enrichment programs likes sports, music and arts activities.  

Due to the success of this event, we are planning a Second Annual "Rock the Vine," which will be held June 11, 2010 at Saint Croix Vineyards in Stillwater, MN  Details TBA!

Roster GROD
Roster McCabe plays to a record crowd at Grand Old Day.
Photo by Mike Minehart.

Rock the Cause Grand Old Day Stage:
Best In Show!

Rock the Cause set a Grand Old Day record, selling close to 4000 festival garden wristbands! In addition to having the highest ticketing sales, we also had the highest beer garden sales of any stage at this years Grand Old Day.

A portion of the wristband sales were donated to Minnesota AIDS Project and Free Arts Minnesota!

Thank you to all the volunteers and fans who came out to Rock the Cause at Grand Old Day 2010!
Rock the Cause "Rocks" Companies Who Rock!

Rock the Cause is proud to be a part of the Minneapolis-Saint Paul Business community. Just because we are tax-exempt does not mean that we are not a corporation. Our business is building communities through the power of music and volunteerism.

We were honored when the Minneapolis Saint Paul Business Journal asked us to be the official nonprofit for the "Companies Who Rock - Best Places To Work" luncheon, which cited companies in the Twin Cities who have created great work environments for their employees. See who is on the list and why they are the best place to work in the Twin Cities.

Thank you Twin Cities business community for all your support and congratulations to all!

RTC team and Alison Scott at "Companies Who Rock." From Left to Right, Ali Goldberg, Alison Scott, Jodi Petrich, Shayna Melgaard, and Nika Kluzac-Swanson.

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Alison Scott releases "Chinese Whispers" and helps in the fight against Breast Cancer

From the opening track on "Chinese Whispers," you know that Alison Scott and her band have are knee deep into Tina Turner, Laura Nyro, Mavis Staples and 60's soul. Alison Scott is a 25 year old singer/songwriter who's soul and musical style go well beyond her years. Alison earns our respect because she has done her home work. She uses her music to make the world a more livable place.

Produced by the Grammy Award Winning and sometimes "legendary" Kevin Bowe (Johnny Lang, Eta James. Paul Westerbeg) "Chinese Whispers" will be released September 11, 2010 at the Fitzgerald Theater in Saint Paul.

Check this out! She is using her CD release as a platform to raise support and awareness for Hope Chest for Breast Cancer.

For a limited time you can also download "So Why" the new single by Alison Scott at www.irockthecause.org  
Featured Cause:
Youth Performance Company

Youth Performance Company fuels the creative spirit of youth by developing, empowering and advancing young artists. Through direct programming that includes productions, classes, in-school residencies, community appearances, and a leadership development component, YPC provides affordable and meaningful arts experiences for Twin Cities families, children, and teens.

Learn more at http://www.youthperformanceco.com/
9/11/10:  Alison Scott CD release Fitzgerald Theater. 
               proceeds benefit Hope Chest. With Chris Koza.

9/11/10:  Grape Stomp St Croix Vineyards w Midnight Mo

9/12/10:  Grape Stomp St Croix Vineyards w Midnight Mo

9/25/10:  Rock the Cause Campus Cirque Du Serve UWRF

9/30/10:  McNally Smith College of Music Volunteer Fair

10/02/10: Free Port Wests Home and Heart Benefit 40 Years! 

10/06/10: Youth Performance Company "Afternoon of the  Elves"

Rock n Roll Can Change The World!

Over 90% of every direct dollar of support that you give to Rock the Cause is spent on programming and charitable purposes in our community.

If we have engaged you to give please consider making a donation to Rock the Cause.

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