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USA: Concerts4Charity Stages "Rock for Relief" in Michigan

Concerts4Charity (, a US-based organization which does fundraising and awareness-raising for worthy causes while teaching young people how to develop and implement creative projects for charity, will reprise its invaluable OWB 2004 activities with new events for 2005! On March 20th from 4-10 pm, the Silver Dollar in Lansing, Michigan will rock with artists MaryEyez, evermore, Unfinished Thought, Decadence, Broken Sunday, Edison Clio, and Middlefield.

The "Rock 4 Relief" benefit show is designed to celebrate Red Cross Awareness month through music and art. All proceeds from this event will be donated to three organizations: One World Beat, the Red Cross, and C4C itself. One major goal of the concert is to promote the good deeds and financial needs of the Red Cross and other helping organizations, and all of the musicians involved have already played dozens of benefits for this purpose.

Funds raised for C4C will go to a California-based program called "Firechild", which seeks to make a difference in the lives of children through music. In particular, the project aims to restore music programs cut due to fiscal concerns: volunteers sign up to teach children self-esteem through music, in a 20-week guitar class which uses lesson plans designed by C4C.

The C4C One World Beat line-up includes Mary Eyez, characterized as "punk rock party music at its finest", which has been on a national tour throughout the USA and has also played some European dates. Their debut album, "For All The Haters", was mastered in New York City by the legendary Greg Calbi (John Lennon, the Beatles, U2). Their single, "Change for the Better" (from their previous EP), has been a smash hit on Kalamazoo's own top 40 station WKFR.

Evermore is a rock band whose influences range from The Verve Pipe, Denali, Switchfoot, DC Talk, 3eb, Sunny Day Real Estate, and Our Lady Peace, performing a unique blend of alternative, pop, emo, and indie. Band members have done shows with Michelle Branch, OKGO, Dexter Freebish, The Newsboys, 1000 Foot Krutch, Kutless, Nada Surf and more, as well as label showcases with Maverick Records and the Midwest Music Showcase.

Following up on the unexpected success of their 2002 debut album, "Becoming Aware", rock duo Unfinished Thought have returned with an album that solidifies the duo's status as one of independent music's most original and creative forces. Their new release, "Based On Actual Events", is a genre-defying collection of songs that spotlight Unfinished Thought's unique sound, combining the more abrasive elements of dark wave, industrial, electonica, metal, and goth with the more melodic components of etherealism, ambient, dark rock, and pop. Diverse musical influences include Jeff Buckley, Depeche Mode, David Bowie, Pink Floyd, The Smashing Pumpkins, and Nine Inch Nails.

Decadence, a 4-member rock band whose music "tends to wake the dead", is slowly invading the Michigan music scene. Influences include The Tool, The Deftones, Guns n’ Roses, U2, and The Dave Matthews Band. With a Battle of the Bands Championship, a full length CD entitled "Communication", and a cult following that grows with each passing day, Decadence is on the road to success.

Fueled by emotional lyrics, climactic songwriting and a range of musical talent, Broken Sunday have become one of the most talked about acts in west Michigan. Finishing in the top 5 of 162 bands for Aris' Rock Search in 2002, they have gone on to win the WGRD Rockstar Contest in 2003 and Aris' Rock Search in 2004. Broken Sunday is now playing in support of their new release, "Identity". They have previously released "Programmed Numb", and have opened for numerous national acts including Collective Soul, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Tantric, Blindside, Breaking Benjamin, and others.

Ettison Clio, a female-fronted rock band, has played two national USA tours and in over 200 shows throughout the region. With influences that range from Dinosaur Jr. and Muse to Miles Davis and Frank Sinatra, Ettison Clio covers a wide variety of sound in their songs, which can be heard on their "Fragile Simplistic" EP and in their first full length studio recording, "This is for the Blue Collars". Tenacious and ferocious, the Clios pull no punches on stage, giving everything they have musically, including an infectious energy which combines emotion, motion, and a whole lot of fun.

Middlefield is a power-pop quartet who toured and recorded for three years under their previous moniker, Slant. With a name change and a new album, the band is hard at work again, playing shows and getting their music to the masses. The band prides itself on its cleverly-crafted songs, entertaining live show, and shared sense of humor. They have played countless shows and venues throughout the past few years, and have had the pleasure of sharing the stage with many noteworthy national acts, including Everclear, Jet, and Bowling for Soup. They are currently touring in support of their full-length debut album, "Backyard Allstars".

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