Rockin' the Cause 2014 held on June 1st in Sykesville was a great success! Over 400 people attended the JoeyDCares Rock Orchestra's biggest event of the year, held to benefit the Nathan Chris Baker Foundation. Beach balls were flying, kids were up on stage dancing and singing, glow sticks were waving, and the music was rockin! The orchestra performed songs by Earth, Wind and Fire, Michael Jackson, U2, Cold Play, Stevie Wonder, Taylor Swift, The Rolling Stones, the Temptations, Van Halen, Chicago and many more.
Audience members learned that not only can PVC pipes fix your bathroom, they can also make music notes! Inspired from the Las Vegas performance ensemble, "Blue Man Group," the orchestra performed the notes to "Beautiful Day" on PVC pipe cut to the length of each note called tubulums, and PVC pipe built like a trombone called a drumbone. In the second half of the show, trash cans, kitchen utensils, brooms, and anything the group could find to make percussive rhythms a la the performance group "Stomp" were preformed to the song "Viva la Vida.
Later, the audience was a sea of glow sticks as the orchestra welcomed special guest Drew Baker, Nate's older brother, on stage as he joined in on his guitar for Hey Jude by the Beatles (see the performance of Hey Jude on YouTube).
Between ticket sales, raffles, sponsorships and donations, the concert raised $8,000 for the Nathan Chris Baker Foundation. The orchestra presented a check to the foundation on June 14th. The JoeyDCares Rock orchestra members had a blast performing for a wonderful crowd, and the audience sure seemed to have a great time too!