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Fostering Compassion Through Music, 8/31/2017

8/31/2017 |

Our team was honored to sponsor Ludlow’s Rock The Boot 2017 festival stage and support the Ludlow Fire Department Social Club in their meaningful efforts to help local families. Since its inception, the festival has raised roughly $30,000 for local families in need.

Read more as seen in the Ludlow Register dated August 26, 2017.

“Rock the Boot” fosters compassion through music

The hills are alive with the sound of music.

Or at least they will be this Saturday, Aug. 19, when the Ludlow Fire Department Social Club hosts its eight annual “Rock the Boot” outdoor music festival at Ludlow Fish and Game Club.

The brainchild of firefighter/EMTs (and music buffs) Dan McKenney and Bud Ellison, Rock the Boot is an extension of the fire department’s popular Labor Day “Fill the Boot” fundraising campaign to benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

“[As EMTs] we see how people struggle, not just medically, but financially,” McKenney said. Since 2010, Rock the Boot has been committed to assisting local families in need through the power of live music. “We started with just local bands, but we’ve gotten some really good talent,” McKenney said. “Since 2012, we’ve had a nationally-known band or artist as a headliner.”

Proceeds from this year’s festival will benefit the Moquin family. Scott and Tracy Moquin’s 19-year-old son, Kameron, is battling cerebral palsy, cortical blindness and a seizure disorder, and is also a spastic quadriplegic.

The family of nine was further challenged after the engine and transmission on Kameron’s handicap-accessible ramp van gave out. The van was Kameron’s primary transportation to his many doctor appointments, and allowed him to attend family gatherings.

The Moquins were nominated by a past Rock the Boot support recipient, McKenney said. Since its inception, the festival has raised roughly $30,000 for local families in need.

Co-headlining this year’s four-act festival is Lotus Land, America’s premier Rush tribute band, and Caleb Johnson, the Season 13 winner of “American Idol.”

“We’ve kept our eye on him over the years,” said McKenney of Johnson, the soulful rocker who took home the “Idol” crown in 2014.

The Asheville, N.C., native was just 23 when he auditioned for and won the popular singing competition that ended its 15-season run on Fox last spring but is returning to network television in 2018. On the heels of a new EP released earlier this year, Johnson hit the road with Black Stone Cherry and Through Fire this spring.

The American Rush Tribute: Lotus Land features an incredible three-piece act accurately recreating the power and feel of the Canadian rock legends. Celebrating the past 36 years of hits old and new, Lotus Land appeal to all generations and levels of Rush fans.

Local touring bands Livio Gravini and the Free Spirit Society and Kingdom of Jones will kick off the festivities.

“The gates open at 2 p.m. and the music starts at 3 p.m.,” McKenney said.

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