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Get the funky 411 below!  


Shake off the winter funk, and replace it with the hot music kind on Saturday, March 29th at 7:30 p.m. at Rock the Cause's signature event, Glitter Ball 5: Funk & Soul Express! Funk is derived from the French word funquer which means to give off smoke, and the atrium of the historic Grain Belt Bottling House in Northeast Minneapolis, will be transformed into a blazing inferno of music, fashion, and charitable giving


Rock the Cause's chosen beneficiary and partner for the event is Ampersand Families, which champions practices in adoption and permanency that restore belonging, dignity and hope for youth. 


Critically acclaimed headliner, Black Joe Lewis, an American blues, funk and soul artist out of Austin, Texas, is often compared to the Godfather of Soul, James Brown. Black Joe Lewis will be back with his 10-piece band for a rare Twin Cities appearance after a sold out First Avenue concert in October last year.  


Black Joe Lewis - Come To My Party
Black Joe Lewis - Come To My Party

Local musical favorites, Viva Knievel, the cover band that defies gravity, will deliver a smoking warm up along with special guests. 


John Tolliver from Black Diet
Josh Holmgren from More Than Lights 
Chris Koza from Rogue Valley
Gabriel Douglas from The 4onthefloor
Carnage the Executioner
Alicia Wiley from All Eyes
Dan Rodriguez
Alex Steele from Night Phoenix


Guests are encouraged to dress in 70s funkadelic-inspired fashion. To get the crowd into the spirit Glitter Ball 5 partner, Jungle Red, a full service salon spa and gallery in Minneapolis, will open Glitter Ball with a fashion runway show with models in fierce hairstyles and fashions by local boutiques Blush By Kay, ClicheKing Brothers Clothiers and MOTTO


Jungle Red is a longtime supporter of Rock the Cause, as well as other community causes. Rock the Cause will also be making a donation from Glitter Ball 5 proceeds to Jungle Red's Treasures for Teens program that supports Avenue For Homeless Youth. Donation amount TBA in April 2014.  


To help the crowd feel groovy, a bar presented by Red Stag Supper Club, will serve a variety of wine, beer and spirits with 100% of the net bar proceeds going to work in the community through this partnership with Rock the Cause. Beer sponsor Schell's Brewery will feature handcrafted beer including the very apropos Nordeast Premium.


Tickets for general admission tickets are $30 in advance and $40 at the door. 


RTC_VIPimage The super fly set can purchase a smoking hot $100 VIP package which will include a private complimentary bar, appetizers, priority seating and sweltering swag by Brave New WorkshopMrs. Meyer's Clean DayNickelodeon UniverseOld DutchPirk Soap and Thymes


Tickets can be purchased at, or at Jungle Red at 1362 Lasalle Avenue in Minneapolis or at, which will donate a portion of its service fees back to Rock the Cause.


What: Rock the Cause presents Glitter Ball 5: Funk and Soul Express, a celebration to benefit Ampersand Families 


Who: The Twin Cities most charitable coming together to support to Ampersand Families and celebrate the music of Black Joe Lewis, Viva Knievel and special musical guests. This is a 21 plus only show. A valid ID is required for entrance.  


Where: Grain Belt Bottling House Atrium, Northeast Minneapolis, 79 13th Avenue NE (Broadway St. NE and Marshall St. NE) with plenty of on-street and free off-street parking.


When: Saturday, March 29, 2014, doors open at 7:30 p.m., music starts at 8:45 p.m.


21 Plus Only. Cash Bar On-site. Credit Cards Welcome. Coat Check Available.


For inquiries, contact Scott Herold at 


Rock This Cause At Glitter Ball 5!

Ampersand Families recruits and supports permanent families for older youth, and champions practices in adoption and permanency that restore belonging, dignity and hope.
Please see this video below and understand how Ampersand Families needs families and volunteers to help teens waiting to be adopted find a permanent and loving family.
There are many benefits to adopting a teen. Please learn more below and support this effort at Glitter Ball 5! 
Ampersand Families
Ampersand Families

Listen: Rock the Cause Records Releases
 Farewell Transmission the Music of Jason Molina

Communist Daughter - Hold On Magnolia (Jason Molina Cover) | Sofar Chicago (#590)
Communist Daughter - Hold On Magnolia (Jason Molina Cover) | Sofar Chicago (#590)

Special Thanks To Our Glitter Ball 5 Community Partners
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