Bands jam for a cure at Gainesville Rock By The Sea

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Rock by the Sea, Inc. and Cymplify will host “Rock by the Sea,” a series of charity concerts October 24-25 in Gainesville.

The two-day event will be held at the Cymplify coffee shop, 5402 NW 8th Ave.

Featuring a variety of musical acts, proceeds of the concert will benefit the Arnold Palmer Hospital for Childrenʼs Pediatric Brain Tumor Program and the PKD Foundation, an organization committed to discovering treatments and a cure for polycystic kidney disease.

“Rock by the Sea, Inc. was inspired by Cymplify owner and music star Ken Block, and his charitable influence, so we are thrilled to bring his mission home to Gainesville,” said Rock by the Sea President Beth Gosnell. “Cymplify is exactly the kind of venue that fits with our mission and, in Kenʼs words, ʻit is a great place to have a good time while doing meaningful stuff.”

The show begins Friday, October 24 at 5 p.m. with music playing until midnight, and the jams continue on Saturday from 5 p.m. until just after midnight.

Performances will feature world-renowned singer-songwriter Chuck Cannon, Tim Warren and Eric Donnelly of The Alternative Routes, Tim Brantley, Gareth Asher and Nicki Thraikill, Jamie Davis, and JB Crockett.

“I canʼt wait to see all of these artists converge at ʻRock by the Cʼ – I have performed with many of the bands and I cannot express how much talent will be on stage,” said Cymplify owner Ken Block, who is the  front-man for the band Sister Hazel. “Benefitting such a phenomenal childhood cancer program makes the event infinitely more special, and really hits home with me, after losing my younger brother, Jeffery, to cancer when he was only a teenager.”

“Rock by the C” will also feature food trucks, and a free shuttle service that will loop to Buchholz High School every 10 minutes. Rock by the Sea and Cymplify look forward to garnering support from all over the southeast at this event to benefit children in need.

For the event lineup, sponsorship information, VIP packages and more, please visit  www.rockbythesea.org.

Phil Ammann is a St. Petersburg-based journalist and blogger. With more than three decades of writing, editing and management experience, Phil produced material for both print and online, in addition to founding HRNewsDaily.com. His broad range includes covering news, local government and culture reviews for Patch.com, technical articles and profiles for BetterRVing Magazine and advice columns for a metaphysical website, among others. Phil has served as a contributor and production manager for SaintPetersBlog since 2013. He lives in St. Pete with his wife, visual artist Margaret Juul and can be reached at phil@floridapolitics.com and on Twitter @PhilAmmann.