Wednesday, March 25, 2015

CureRock Benefit Concert at Hard Rock Cafe - Concert Preview - March 26, 2015

Great event happening tomorrow night at the Hard Rock Cafe in Station Square. Now in its fourth year, CureRock is a benefit concert in support of the fight against pediatric and adolescent/young adult cancer.  It also serves as a forum that provides information to educate and help the community battle these diseases. All proceeds benefit oncology efforts at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. A portion of proceeds from CureRock will fund social and resource initiatives for childhood cancer patients and their families, while the majority will be used to fund pediatric oncology research performed by physician's at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh

"It's really wonderful to be a part of such a great charity event," says Andre Costello, one of the evening's performers. 

"I've known a large number of people affected by cancer, and I'm sure we all do," says Costello. "I can only imagine what they are going through or have gone through, let alone a child. We should be doing everything we can to see to it that these kids get proper a shot at life."

In past years, CureRock has showcased some of the best local musicians, including bands like Donora, Meeting of Important People, Red Western, Joy Ike, and many more.  This year is no different. Costello & the Cool Minors released their debut LP at the Warhol Museum last year, a performance that earned PMR's 2014 Local Show of the Year.

"Pittsburgh has an amazing community of support for folks that are going through hard times like these," says Costello. "The hospital and the people in it, event planners and organizations like CureRock do amazing things every single day to better the life of children affected by cancer. It is a privilege to try and hold a candle to that in this small way."

Andre Costello

Also performing is singer/songwriter and Pittsburgh native Brooke Annibale.  Here is her song "You Don't Know," which was featured in The Vampire Diaries.

Matt Hires is this year's headliner. The Tampa native released his debut EP, Live from the Hotel Cafe, on the F-Stop imprint of Atlantic Records in 2008, and followed up with two full-lengths and a series of EPs and downloads on the label over the next five years. His latest is Red Eye, an EP collection of B-sides.

Tickets to the event cost $25 and are available online.