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Sunday September 9th, 2012

Posted at 11:30am

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Marching through the city and to the Chrysler theatre, a local benefit will soon Rock This Way.

Kicking off its unique festivities at 10am on September 21st, Rock This Way plans on giving Windsor-Detroit Riverfront park a wake-up call. Mixing music and fitness, a “rock walkathon” will tune up participants and have them moving: Led by Windsor-musician Pete Palazzolo, acoustic guitarists of all-ages shall continue their trek through riverfront parkland while playing a few tunes.

“If you can rock your guitar, you are welcome to join as a participant,” says the official Rock This Way press release. “All it takes is that you learn a set list of songs prior to the event, as well as gather pledges, which will go to the Rock This Way (RTW) Benefit fund.”

Concluding in Dieppe Park, people strumming easy three-four chord songs in the 45-minute walk are scheduled to perform a grand finale together. After their arrival, a final song has been chosen for participants to play and sing if they choose.

The spectacle won’t end there however, as it marks only the start of the day’s festivities.

“Lucky participants are invited to be special guests as the opening number of the RTW concert later in the day at the Chrysler Theatre,” according to the press release. “They will also be honored guests for the rest of the concert, which starts at 2 p.m.”

Jeff Burrows of Blackburn radio and Tea Party fame will host the event, featuring local musicians such as the Jody Raffoul Band, The United Snakes, British Beat 66 and Greatest Hits Live. Organizers hope their combined experience pleases concert-goers at the unique event – no matter their age.

A contest is also being held, allowing songwriters to showcase their talents. Those interested can perform a song they’ve written, videotape it and e-mail the link to an address provided by event organizers. Each entry costs $25 and goes to the RTW benefit fund. A week before the event the winner will be announced, receiving some exposure in the process.

“The winner will be invited to perform as a solo act in between sets of the RTW concert,” says the press release. “The winner will also be featured on The Rock radio station’s webpage, the RTW website, and receive a full-page feature in Windsor Social Magazine.”

Concert tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for those 16-years-old and younger. Songwriter contest forms are available on RTW’s website or at the Canadian Conservatory of Music. All proceeds benefit In Honour of The Ones We Love, A Life Worth Living and the St. Clair College HealthPlex.

For more info on tickets, pledge forms and the event, those interested can visit RTW’s website. Programs printed for the concert also have detailed information on all artists taking part, along with the generous sponsors who helped make this event possible.

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