First Annual Hands That Rock Tribute Band Festival

May 4, 2018 – Providence, RI – Hands That Rock (HTR), a non-profit organization providing massage therapy at music festivals and special events to raise money for community-based student music programs nationally, is pleased to announce the first annual Hands That Rock Tribute Band Festival, an event that will focus on raising funds needed to support music scholarships for Narragansett and South Kingstown school district students. The event is scheduled for Saturday, September 15, 2018 at 3:00 PM at the Bonnet Shores Beach Club in Narragansett, Rhode Island and features tribute performances by Total Access (Chicago), Merchants of Cool (Foreigner) and Barefoot Rebel (Lynyrd Skynyrd). This flagship production will become the model for future events to be produced by HTR together with local residents in all 50 states.

“We are very excited to be hosting this important program supporting music scholarships in our home state of Rhode Island,” says Darcy Lynch, executive director of HTR. “Since its inception in 2012, HTR has raised tens of thousands of dollars for student music programs by providing chair massage services for audiences at major concerts and festivals. Artists featured at such events include superstar acts such as Bon Jovi and Katie Perry, to name a few. HTR proceeds were donated to music programs in need local to each concert venue or to national child-oriented organizations. While this avenue of endeavor has been very successful for our mission, we wanted to create an event model that focuses on local school districts and music education programs that can be easily repeated in towns and cities across America. Our Tribute Band Festival is that vehicle and we believe this will be very successful.”

Tribute Band Festival kicks off at 3:00 PM on September 15th at the Beach Club pavilion. Tickets are available at: for $35 per person (21+). Light beach fare will be served (cash bar), a silent auction of rock memorabilia and donations from local businesses, and a musical instrument donation drive round out the fundraising festivities.

“In addition to the tribute bands delivering stunning performances of the three 1970’s era music giants, we are featuring an amazing silent auction in featuring collector’s grade signed instruments from Journey, Peter Frampton, Luke Bryan and others,” Continues Lynch. “We will also be inaugurating a new program we call Give the Gift of Music. The premise is simple. Many families have musical instruments in good condition, ranging from a flute or trumpet to an oboe or other woodwind insturment, that are not being used any longer. These instruments are perfect for our new program. Parents are encouraged to donate the different items to HTR and, in turn, HTR will seek out underserved community families that cannot afford to rent an instrument or a school district that needs additional instruments to serve their student population.”

HTR is looking for additional business support for its efforts through raffle donations and sponsorships. The excitement is growing for this event, so interested parties can contact Ms. Lynch through the Hands That Rock website ( or email at Tickets can be purchased on the home page.

“Please join us to support music students in our community – a splendid time is guaranteed for all.”

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