Tallahassee rocks out for Rock By The Sea on March 24

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Tallahassee rocks out “old-school” next week, with a charity event featuring a State Senator-fronted cover band and a crowd of Florida’s star power brokers, all there for a good cause.

Rock the Moon is a show put on by Rock by the Sea, the non-profit founded o support a series of foundations.

Monday’s event is for the Florida chapter of the ALS Association, which seeks a cure for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, commonly called Lou Gehrig’s disease.

The rock-n-roll event is Monday, March 24 at Tallahassee’s Moon club on East Lafayette. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

Sponsors include some of Florida’s political elite: Sens. Nancy Detert, Greg Evers and State Reps. Katie Edwards, Dane Eagle, Halsey Beshears and Ray Pilon.

As frontman for the All-Stars cover band, Sen. Jeff Clemons provides the entertainment, playing a set list of hits from the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s.

Also on stage will be W2, a band featuring Will Hollimon and Walker Webb.

Hollimon, playing drums, is the 11-year-old son of former Tallahassee Rep. Lorrane Ausley. Walker, the son of lobbyist Stacey Webb, provides the vocals.

A few years back, Latvala decided he wanted some “old school” fun as a way to raise money for charitable causes.  Rock by the Sea, led by lobbyists Beth Gosnell and Rick Watson, was created in 2006. The organization has grown to host a series of musical events,  including one to be held on St. George Island May 15-18 to raise money for The Pediatric Brain Tumor Program at the Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children, the Franklin County Library and Now I Play Along Too

All proceeds from Monday’s Rock the Moon go to the ALS Association, used to honor former GOP Chair Dave Bitner and former State Sen. Ken Plante, who currently suffers from ALS.

The Moon is at 1105 East Lafayette Street in Tallahassee. Tickets are $10 at the door. For more information, or sponsorship availability, contact Beth Gosnell beth@rockbythesea.org or visit www.rockbythesea.org.


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