You can rock for a good cause. And for the fourth year in a row, the town of Marathon will host the Rock and Remember Memorial Concert.
The concert, set for Saturday, April 5, will feature seven live bands from throughout northwest and western Iowa, as well as raffles, a silent auction for a guitar signed by all the musicians performing that day and door prizes. Food and refreshments will be available.
Proceeds from the concert will benefit four area middle school music programs, including Sioux Central, Ruthven-Ayrshire, Gehlen Catholic and Humboldt.
Tickets are only $5. The concert starts at noon on April 5 and goes until midnight. A good cause and a good price, says organizer Rod Bramble.
Bands slated to appear include Rock and Remember vets Tantrum 2 Blind, Two For One, The Cave Band, and W.C. and Friends. New acts include Corky Guru, Act Your Age and F.B.W.
The concert will be at the Marathon Community Center.
The concert first began as a benefit for as a benefit for the family of Paul Sievers who died unexpectedly in 2000. He was the bass guitar player for the band Wild Childhood. Now the concert has become an annual event benefiting music programs in area schools.
"It started from a tragedy, but we wanted it to help the area and northwest Iowa," said Bramble, who was a guitarist for Wild Childhood. "It started with the loss of a musician, but why not help foster young musicians in middle schools."
Four schools are randomly selected to benefit from the concert. Candidates are randomly chosen from within a 60-mile radius of Storm Lake.
Also, for those interested in contributing but are unable to make the concert, donations can be sent to "Rock & Remember Fund" c/o Citizens Community Credit Union, 609 Flindt Drive, Storm Lake, IA 50588.
For more information, call 712-299-4476.