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Our work in the community is made possible by the generous financial support of our community partners.
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Rock the Cause and Cities 97 will be hosting a stage at this year's Minnesota State Fair! 


Come and help us celebrate 5 Loud Years and learn how you can get involved in your community.



Our stage is located on Machinery Hill. We will be there daily engaging support for our community partners. Sign up to use Rock the Cause mobile for up to the minute updates, performance times and walking directions to our stage!


We will be giving out 15,000 free download cards featuring the artists who are performing on our stage!


8.23.12 Farewell Milwaukee - at Oake on the Water - 6pm 


8.24.12 Fort Wilson Riot - 5PM

8.25.12 Maudlin with Savannah Smith - 5PM
8.27.12 The Melismatics - 5PM
8.28.12 Lynhurst - 5PM

8.29.12 Little Man - 5PM

8.30.12 The 4OTF - at Oake on the Water - 6PM 

8.31.12 Jonny James and the Hall of Fames - 5PM

9.1.12 Alison Scott w Kevin Bowe - 5PM

For more information on the Minnesota State Fair:


Rock the Cause Artist Feature: Dessa 

Twin Cities Hip Hop Royalty Takes Action to Help Girls Around the World Access Education


When artists stand up for a cause they believe in, Rock the Cause counts that as a win - we love seeing musicians use their unique position in the local and national spotlight for good. Artists advocating for the work of nonprofit organizations is just one way that we believe rock and roll can change the world. Local hip-hop artist, writer, speaker, Doomtree member, and established but rising star Dessa is no exception to this concept. Amidst a busy summer tour schedule, Dessa recently announced a partnership with Minneapolis artisan cosmetic house The Elixery to create and release a custom shade of lipstick, the proceeds of which benefit CARE. 


Read the full Rock the Cause interview here...

Rock the Cause turned 5 this summer. We are seeing our vision of becoming one the nations most innovative and respected music non-profits become a reality. 

For "5 Loud Years" Rock the Cause a 501(c) 3 organization has been making an impact in our community by educating, empowering and inspiring others to make a difference. Our initiatives are not just one-off events. Our work is based in ongoing engagement that combines concerts, new media, digital music downloads, volunteer and funding drives for our partner causes. 
We can also be found in high schools and colleges across our region working one on one with students to create a future generation of community-minded citizens. Through out our 5th year we will be hosting multiple concert events, music releases, volunteer drives, and doing what we do best -  engaging people to get in involved in their community.
5 Year logo design by Priscilla Priebe.

Featured Cause:  Rock Star Supply Co.
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Rock Star Supply Co. brings volunteer tutors (aka Rock Stars) to Twin Cities high schools, providing support to teachers so they can more effectively engage their students. 
Our Rock Stars  work with at-risk students so they can catch up on assignments, develop a passion for learning, and meet interesting adults along the way. By providing one-on-one or one-on-some support, we give the Twin Cities' community the opportunity to 

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Rock the Cause is the official charitable partner to the Minneapolis Saint Paul Business Journal 2012 Best Places To Work event! 

Join us as we recognize companies that know how to have fun!


We will recognize the 2012 Best Places to Work at a luncheon on August 23, 2012 at the Minneapolis Hilton. This event will sell out, so get your tickets now!


What: Best Places to Work Awards

When: August 23, 2012 11:00-1:30pm 


11:00-Networking, registration 
11:30-Welcome and Lunch is served 
12:00-Program begins 

1:30 - Event concludes 

Where: Minneapolis Hilton , 1001 Marquette Ave S.