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Number Nine… Musicians Come Together to Defeat Cancer

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The Ninth Annual Rock for a Cure concert will be held at the Block in Fort Walton Beach Sunday, Jan. 15.


“Each year gets harder and harder to top,” says musician and Rock for a Cure founder Tommy Siren. “But we always try to make it bigger and better every year.”


Rock for a Cure is a charity concert that unites area musicians, vendors and patrons to come together to donate their money and energies to the American Cancer Society’s battle against cancer. Entering its ninth straight year, Rock for a Cure looks to double down on efforts to help fight cancer.


“The door cover, the food sold, the raffles, the t-shirts donated by the Block—all the proceeds raised from those all go to the ACS,” says Siren. “This year, we have the absolute best talent the Florida Panhandle has to offer, (and they) are donating their time to this as well.”


That talent covers 11 acts in all genres of music, from the reggae-rock sounds of Beachcomber Music Award winners Heritage to the funk beats of the Okaloosa Sound and the hard rock brought by Filmore Drive. “There’s a little bit of something for everyone,” says Siren.


“(This is) an evening where the money goes to the American Cancer Society, but at the same time, it isn’t about dwelling on the horror that is cancer. It’s about celebrating the times we have with the ones we love the most.”


Also on the bill is celebrated Beachcomberland musician Austin Jennings, whose own battle with cancer has been well documented in this publication.


The entry fee is $10, and all proceeds from the door go directly to the American Cancer Society. Doors open at 6 p.m. with music beginning shortly thereafter. This is a 21-and-up event.


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Rob Perez
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