(WINDSOR, ON) – Average Joe’s Sports Bar will be rocking on Friday, February 16, with six bands sharing the stage and fighting for supremacy, in a battle of the bands format, to help support the local March of Dimes.
With the battle, the charity will celebrate the end of the working week and raise money to support participants in local programs and services. The evening, called Rock for Dimes, is part of a national fundraiser with segments held in communities across the nation to benefit children and adults with physical disabilities.
Since its inception, the money raiser has generated over $1,500,000 to support March of Dimes Canada. Locally, Windsor’s version has raised over $27,000.
This year’s goal is to raise $10,000 from the one night battle.
Last year’s winner, Rock of Ages, will be back with Jacques Levesque, Diego Chemello, Mike Putnam, Andre Burns, and Sean playing covers of songs from the 80s.
The four member group Rock Avenue will also be competing. Self-described as high energy, its play list draws on songs from the 60s to more recent rock, blues, alternative, and country dance tunes. Members are Brad James on vocals, Cory Turke handling guitar, Matt Renaud playing bass, and Derrick Green behind the drums.
No stranger to battles, indie band Midnight Metro’s Eric Vanier, River Pathak, and Allesandro Rotondi will also be ready to rumble. The trio have been playing together since May of 2014. Credits include top spot at True Reflection’s Battle of the Bands and runners up in Long and McQuade’s Battle of the Bands, and others.
Three other bands include the all-female Trudy’s, Disaster Strike, and Zephur.