Rockers with a cause

Monday, March 31, 2003

Now in its fourth year, Rock and Remember reaches out to benefit young musicians in schools

Started out of tragedy to assist the family of a fallen rocker, Rock and Remember continues to evolve into an annual fundraiser for area school music programs.

Four more schools will benefit this year from proceeds raised by the 12-hour concert, scheduled for next Saturday at the Marathon Community Center.

Seven bands will perform live, starting at noon on April 5 and going until midnight. Bands performing include 2 For 1, Tantrum 2 Blind, The Cave Band, Corky Guru, Act Your Age, F.B.W. and Wild Childhood and Friends.

Along with music, there will be numerous raffles and door prizes, and a silent auction for a guitar signed by all of the musicians performing that day. Food and refreshments will be available.

This is the fourth year for the concert, which started to help the family of Paul Sievers after he died suddenly in a automobile accident. He was the bass player for the local band Wild Childhood.

The first two years served as fundraisers for the Sievers family. A portion of the money from the second concert also benefited the family of "Big Al" Sorensen of the Fort Dodge band The Ski Band.

"It was great to be able to help out the families of our friends, but we wanted to make Rock and Remember into something worthy of carrying on," said Rod Bramble, organizer of the festival and a guitarist for Wild Childhood. "Hopefully the money we raise can help out some music programs and encourage kids to get into music."

Sioux Central, along with Ruthven-Ayrshire, Gehlen Catholic and Humboldt, will receive a portion of the money raised next Saturday. Schools are selected randomly each year in the 60-mile radius of Storm Lake.

Pat Crotty, guitarist with the band 2 For 1, said his fellow band members were eager to help out with the first Rock and Remember - even though they hadn't formed a band yet.

"We were friends with the guys from Wild Childhood, and they always wanted to help us as we were getting started," Crotty said. "Paul always offered to come over and play some bass as we rehearsed."

Crotty and fellow 2 For 1 guitarist were working on a rehearsal space at Crotty's Mallard home when they learned of Sievers' death in 2000.

"We're getting close and he was always talking about coming up and playing with us and helping us out. We didn't have a bass player then, and he wanted to help us out," Crotty said.

Like others that knew Sievers, losing him was painful. But as soon as Bramble started organizing the first Rock and Remember, Crotty and his band mates wanted to help out.

"We wanted to play in the Rock and Remember concert right way," Crotty said.

Pick up your copy of the Pilot Tribune for all the latest on this concert.

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