Pin It
Favorite

Rock for tots 

& & by Andrea Palpant & & & &





No, this isn't a hip rock concert with babies moshing in their PJ's. While the upcoming holiday event isn't meant to target four-year old music tastes, & & ROCK FOR TOTS & & does, in the end, benefit youngsters in need of a little holiday cheer and a few Christmas gifts.


Funded by and featuring three local bands, the Wednesday show at The Met is a benefit to aid the Toys for Tots Foundation. Started in L.A. in 1947 by Marine Corps Reserve Major Bill Hendricks, Toys for Tots is one of the nation's biggest Christmas charitable endeavors. In 1999 alone, it distributed 13.7 million toys to 5.9 million children.


"The three bands that are putting it on paid for it out of their pockets," says Robin Rivers, promotion director for the bands for this event. "This is really a community service thing, and, on the side, we'd like to get people out listening to local music in hopes of sparking some support and interest."


Emceed by local radio and TV personality Mark Peterson, the event will feature the alternative rock sounds of Spokane's own Somette, Vertigo Bliss and 50fifty. All three up-and-coming bands have been featured on local radio stations, including the Peak, and have recently released CDs to critical praise.


Somette's girl power band includes 18-year-old lead singer Jessica Keberle and sister/drummer Janelle, filled out by Traci Baker on guitar and keyboard. The band, which writes its own tunes, has won Spokane's Battle of the Bands two years in a row and continues to perform at local venues around the area.


"The cool part about them is they're all in high school," says Rivers. "They all go to Mead, and they play all over the place in coffee houses. They're really talented."


50Fifty includes front man Nate Corning, guitarist Jim Scollard and brothers Gabe and Casey Weaver-Burdette, who keep the beat with drums and bass. Their CD Stereophonic was released last May.


"I would call them Matchbox 20 with early Van Halen, that sort of thing," says Rivers. "They're a collective group that's been together a long time. Their sound is so full."


The raw, three-piece ensemble called Vertigo Bliss, which released their debut album, Focus, in March of 2000, is headed by Dave Kotland and joined by bassist Jack Stone and drummer Steve Hurlburt.


"They're the guys you can dance to," says Rivers. "They're kind of Foo-Fighters-ish."


Front man Dave Kotland is the brainchild behind the Rock for Tots event.


"It's important to support your community," says Kotland. "Spokane's too small to not have people helping each other out. Plus, the local scene is getting a lot of flack as far as music, so we wanted to showcase some local artists from the generation that's out there."


Rock fans of all ages are invited to attend the event. While the ticket fee does not include actual toys, the Marines will be on hand to accept any voluntary gifts of toys or cash donations. All proceeds will go to purchase presents for area children in need.





& & & lt;i & Rock for Tots with Vertigo Bliss, 50Fifty and Somette is at The Met on Wednesday, Dec. 20, at 7 pm. Tickets: $6 from G & amp;B or at the door. Call 325-SEAT. & lt;/i & & lt;/center &

  • Pin It

Latest in News

  • Robo-Reporter
  • Robo-Reporter

    Can robots take over local sports coverage?
    • May 20, 2015
  • Dude, Where's My Bike?
  • Dude, Where's My Bike?

    A new tool to protect your bicycle; plus, finding a new police ombudsman
    • May 20, 2015
  • The Contenders
  • The Contenders

    Candidates have filed to run for office in Spokane. Here's what's at stake
    • May 20, 2015
  • More »

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Today | Sat | Sun | Mon | Tue | Wed | Thu
The Battle of Deep Creek

The Battle of Deep Creek @ Medical Lake

May 23-25

All of today's events | Staff Picks

More by Andrea Palpant

  • Mood indigo

    Jazz finds its footing in free movement -- an established beat, a strong chord progression, then a high squealing trumpet or a moaning saxophone that drops down the scale and wanders away across countries of color, tone and melody. The mu
    • Nov 8, 2001
  • Fashion on the fringe

    "I was reborn, as if the act of changing clothes were to force me to live another life." -- Pablo Neruda A sway of skirt, a dash of hat, a tilt of belt on the hips. This is the art of dress -- art by the body, art in motion, progressi
    • Sep 3, 2001
  • His American life

    He could be your uncle -- telling you a story, playing you a song. He could be the kid next door, talking blithely out his bedroom window. He could even be a muse. But he's Ira Glass, sultan of stories, vindicator of voices and host of th
    • Apr 27, 2001
  • More »

Most Commented On

  • This Old House

    If it could talk, it could tell stories of three generations, along with a lot of griping from neighbors
    • Apr 29, 2015
  • On a Roll

    Just-announced reforms do little to safeguard Spokane against the danger of oil trains
    • May 6, 2015
  • More »

© 2015 Inlander
Website powered by Foundation