Ocean Township, NJ – On Wednesday, August 11th, Prevention First will host its second annual benefit concert, Rock to Prevent, in Festival Plaza at Pier Village, featuring the best young musicians in New Jersey. Rock to Prevent highlights the spirit of youth and community and inspires young people to write, play music and find their own voice.
The concert will be outdoors in Pier Village’s Festival Plaza, and admission is free, rain or shine. Included are performances by Virginia, who will kick off the show at 1:00 p.m. followed by Linda Chorney at 2:00, The Minor Lift at 3:00, Breathing Blue at 4:00 and The Call Out at 5:00. Goodnight Bravado will play at 6:30, 6 Volt at 7:30, and the Quincy Mumford Band will close the show at 8:30 p.m.
At last year’s concert, Virginia shared her personal journey through addiction and recovery and then later visited New Hope, a rehabilitation center treating drug, alcohol and gambling addictions, to help inspire young people to find their creativity through songwriting. Her unique sound has been described as having a depth that is simultaneously dark, brooding and intelligent as well as spiritually uplifting and playful. She is a recipient of multiple Asbury Music Awards for best female vocalist and best female solo performer and a nominee for top song of the year (So Sweet), best new band, and best new album of the year, (E.P., Hush).
Linda Chorney, another veteran of last year’s event, has written songs that tell stories of the difficulty addiction creates within one’s life. “Most of my material comes from the folks I meet along my journeys and, of, course having my heart smashed a few times. At least I get songs from the misery, so I get to write off my relationships!”
New to this year’s Rock to Prevent lineup is The Minor Lift, an energetic original rock/alternative band based out of New Brunswick, NJ. This is a band that thinks outside the box to deliver a non-stereotypical rock show. Each member’s skill and dedication to their own individual instruments is what sets this band apart from the rest. They have been welcomed by the stages of STARLAND BALLROOM, CBGB's, The Pussycat Lounge, Piano's NYC, and The Knitting Factory, among others. Most recently, The Minor Lift performed at the BAMBOOZLE Festival 2010 in the Meadowlands.
Another 2010 addition is Breathing Blue, whose members have been touring and performing for close to three years. With a youthful exuberance that permeates through their live show and the positive message of their lyrics, Breathing Blue is anything but neophytes. The band often plays with the New Jersey outfit Echo Screen. Breathing Blue has also shared the stage with bands like The Ataris, and recently made their way on to the 2010 BAMBOOZLE Festival line-up by advancing in “The Break” contest.
Last year’s concert featured a performance by the 2009 REBEL Rocks Battle of the Bands winner, The Call Out, a pop punk band from the Jersey shore, who will be returning. They have played the BAMBOOZLE Festival and shared the stage with The Years Gone By, Quietdrive (The Militia Group), Rookie of The Year (One Eleven Records), Every Avenue (Fearless Records), The White Tie Affair (Epic Records), and Mest (Maverick Records), among others. Their goal is to make upbeat and happy music that will make you move.
Coming from Old Bridge, New Jersey and founded in 2004, Goodnight Bravado, is a five-piece experimental, alternative rock band. In 2008, they collaborated with producer Bryan Russell (Envy On The Coast, Straylight Run) to record their debut release, “This Will Make Sense In The Morning” and are working on a new release with Kris Crummet at Interlace Studios in Portland, Oregon that is due to release this summer/fall.
Also performing is Six Volt, another Jersey Shore band currently on their 22-date summer tour! Formed by Granger Whitelaw, Jr. of Red Bank and Joe Cilento of Ocean last year, the band’s fresh sound and talent has earned them high esteem in the tri-state area, and their audience is quickly expanding. Six Volt gives 5% of their profits to help feed homeless kids across America and other environmental charities. They are currently finishing up the final touches on their EP due early fall!
Last year’s concert headliner, Quincy Mumford, also returns, this year to perform the closing act at Rock to Prevent 2010. A beach kid through and through, Quincy can be found skateboarding or snowboarding when he isn’t playing the local venues to his ever-expanding crop of loyal followers. Quincy first started experimenting with distinctive blends of folksy grooves, soulful undertones and reggae rhythms, and has been making music and penning his own tunes since he was nine-years-old.