Rockin’ the Cause 2015 held on May 30th in Sykesville was an incredible benefit event for Carroll County Special Olympics. The JoeyDCares Rock Orchestra entertained a large audience with their popular tunes, and they brought in many special lighting effects, audience interaction, and unique instruments to make the concert a memorable event for all in attendance.
The lights went out multiple times during the show to reveal the instruments, singers and even a dancer lit up with neon glowing lights. Special Olympics athletes were featured on stage with the orchestra during several songs. JoeyDCares Rock Orchestra merchandise was seen flying out into the crowd as well.
The orchestra performed with Stomp-like instruments to the song ‘Viva La Vida’ to start the second half. Later, they debuted their newly formed jug band, complete with a washtub bass, cigar box guitar, washboard, spoons, and more handmade instruments. The jug band led the orchestra into a song everyone especially enjoyed- ‘Low Rider’ by War. During the Beatles’ ‘Let it Be,’ glow sticks were swaying back and forth in the audience. When the orchestra broke out into the song ‘Conga’ by Gloria Estafan, a conga line could be seen snaking around the auditorium.
The orchestra gave the audience quite a time to remember, and the concert brought in $5,600 through ticket sales, event day food sales and raffles, and sponsorships!
Here’s what audience members had to say about Rockin’ the Cause 2015 on Facebook:
“My 4 year old stayed through the whole concert dancing in his seat. I was amazed- He can’t even make it through the circus without getting bored!” –Harvey
“I’m not exaggerating when I say this show was amazing – these performers really put on a show, and I was thoroughly impressed. A fun time was had by all!” –Mort
“A very special THANK YOU to the awesome JOEYDCARES. Tonight was amazing. You put so many smiles on our athletes’ faces. They danced the entire time they were there. As parents, you gave our kids a night to remember and we appreciate that. There are no other words that seem fitting for what tonight meant to all of them and to all of us. Thank you again.” –Donna of Carroll County Special Olympics
“Loved the whole darn thing!!! The neon lights, the jug band, it was all awesome!!! –Ramona
“The whole show was amazing!! We had such a great time.” –Kim
“’Try a Little Tenderness’ was amazing!!! Congrats to all the amazing performers.” – Dee
“I liked ‘Beautiful Day’ and ‘Uptown Funk.’ The orchestra members play so well together.” –Joseph
“I’m split between two favorite things: watching the band work together as a team and put on an amazing show, and seeing how much the audience enjoyed the music, dancing and energy of the evening. I can’t decide!” -Tony
Thank you to everyone who supported this fun and important event!
On July 6th, the orchestra presented Carroll County Special Olympics with a check at the Freedom Optimist Hall in Sykesville!