Rock for Life

What Can You Expect at a Rock For Life Show?

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My first experience coming to a Rock For Life Show happened a few years ago. The restrictions on the pandemic were finally loosening and people could gather in groups larger than 10 individuals without getting harassed. Finally! The world was getting back on its feet and I wanted to see some live music. I wanted to be around other rock and metal heads! 

When I entered the grounds, I was immediately greeted by friendly faces. Every staff member, from then on who I talked to, were happy, excited, and passionate about the RFL experience. The coordinators and volunteers are a tight knit group who are totally committed to the charity, and making sure everyone has a safe, exciting experience. I felt welcomed and appreciated. 

I’ve been to a few large scale music festivals and they all have their problems and issues. Some worse than others. But this experience at the RFL camp, and every one I’ve been to thereafter has been pure joy. There was plenty of room to move around, food and drink vendors offering refreshments for reasonable rates. The place was clean all the time, and it ran like a well oiled machine.

When you think of a music festival, you may envision cramped conditions where you can’t move without bumping into dozens of other music lovers. There’s a certain energy when you get that many people in one small area, but I myself get claustrophobic. That was not the case at this or other Rock For Life events. There certainly are hundreds of music loving patrons, but there is plenty of room to stretch out comfortably. 

There are also several outstanding bands, dozens of eager, helpful vendors, delicious hot food, and refreshingly cool drinks. Everything ran like a multimillion dollar, professional outfit. I was immediately impressed. If only Blue Ridge Rock Festival could have employed these amazing men and women it wouldn’t have been the disaster it turned out to be. I won’t dwell on that as the wounds are still fresh.

You Can Get Close to the Bands

One of the best perks about going to a small venue is how close you can get to the bands. Even when everyone is packed in close, you can almost reach out and touch the stage. It makes for an intimate experience, while getting your face melted by blistering guitar licks and pounding drum fills. 

These exceptionally talented ladies and gentlemen, from around the Pittsburgh area, come to give each performance their all. They love audience participation and routinely work to get the energy of the crowd amped up. Show them some love by cheering them on, and dancing, even if you have two left feet. 

Depending on the venue and the bands’ schedules, you may see heavy hitters singing original songs and the occasional cover such as; A Common Crown, Bighouse Pete, Skell, Black Ridge, or The Borstal Boys. 

There are also plenty of cover bands playing all the familiar hits. Dimwit’s cover of Highway Star by Deep Purple hits like a dragster breaking through the sound barrier. Looking to see an Alice in Chains tribute that sounds so good, you could close your eyes and not tell the difference? Check out Mad Alice when they come around. Like Tool? Listen to The Holy Gift, you’ll swear you can’t tell the difference. 

If you’re in the area, and looking for something to do, come check out some of these amazing acts. If you’re a hard rock and heavy metal head, do yourself a favor, follow RFL on Facebook, keep checking back here, and come on out to these venues. 

Not only will you have a great time, you might find a new favorite band. You can also feel good about rocking out, because all the proceeds go toward helping out kids and their families who are going through dire, unfortunate circumstances.

Some of the current and past recipients even come and hang out. When they say RFL is family, they mean it. These kids and now young adults are treated like rockstars, and they are in every sense of the word. Most have overcome astronomical odds and endured more than most of us ever have. The volunteers treat them like they are cousins, brothers, sisters, and more. It’s great to see these children, who have been through so much in such a short time, laughing, playing, and having a great time with so many wonderful people who care so much. 

Is it Safe to Bring Children to a Rock and Metal Show? 

Rock For Life concerts are family events, so bring your whole family. There are often plenty of young ones running around and headbanging to their favorite tunes. The volunteers often bring their children as well. It’s a safe environment. The staff and security make sure it’s a fun, safe, and overall enjoyable event for everyone.

The concert is put on to raise money for local kids fighting dreaded diseases. These kids enjoy themselves and often show up to hang out with their friends. Sometimes, when they’re feeling up to it, they will be brought up on stage. You can see the excitement on their faces, which just amps the crowd up even more. 

When is the Next Show? 

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Mark your calendars! The next RFL show is in Paradise Park on June 28th and 29th. This will be a huge milestone as RFL will be celebrating a full quarter of a century of helping local kids! That’s right, RFL has been rocking out for 25 years! 

If you haven’t been to one yet, and you’re looking for something fun for the whole family this summer, you owe it to yourself to get out to Paradise Park in June. Two nights of amazing local talent to enjoy, and all proceeds go to kids in need. Where else can you headbang for a good cause? 

We’ll see you there! 

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