In what has become a signature annual showcase of local (mostly) rock acts, the festival Rock for Love has once again expanded. Last year's Rock for Love 4 — a benefit for the Church Health Center — showcased 17 acts across three days and two venues. This year's Rock for Love 5 has grown to 23 acts across four days and three venues, adding a fourth night at festival headquarters the Hi-Tone Café and a second daytime event.
The event is organized by the Church Health Center's public-relations duo of Marvin Stockwell and Jeff Hulett, along with Flyer contributor J.D. Reager, all musicians. (Stockwell's Pezz, Hulett's Glorie, and Reager's Near Reaches are all on the bill.) The event has evolved into a terrific showcase of established and up-and-coming local bands and covers both bases again this year. Among the stalwarts are vintage-R&B band the Bo-Keys, punk party-starters the Subteens, and folk-rockers Star & Micey. Among the must-see emerging acts are the guitar-heavy Tiger High, indie-rock minimalists Bake Sale, and idiosyncratic rapper Cities Aviv (see Music Feature, page 26).
This year's event runs from August 18th through August 21st and will again raise thousands of dollars for the Church Health Center, which provides quality, affordable health care for the uninsured, among them many local musicians.
In addition to proceeds from the shows themselves, Shangri-La Records is donating 20 percent of their sales on Saturday to the center and the band Bake Sale is hosting a bake sale to benefit the center. There is an ongoing silent auction at auction.infolexa.com, featuring items such as an electric guitar from Martin Music and a Memphis Grizzlies "gameday experience."
A full schedule:
Thursday, August 18th, at the Hi-Tone Café: Star & Micey, the Near Reaches, Bryan Hartley Industries, Grace Askew, DJ Lady Problems. Emcee: Billie Worley. 9 p.m. $5.
Friday, August 19th, at the Cooper-Young Gazebo (near Goner Records): The Sharp Balloons, Richard James and the Special Riders. Emcee: Jeff Hulett. 5:30 p.m. Free.
Friday, August 19th, at the Hi-Tone Café: Pezz, the Angel Sluts, Glorie, Cities Aviv, Arma Secreta, DJ Lady Problems. Emcee: Dr. Harold Toboggans. 9 p.m. $10.
Saturday, August 20th, at Shangri-La Records: Bake Sale, Wuvbirds, the Perfect Vessels, Silver Seeds. Emcee: J.D. Reager. 1 p.m. Free.
Saturday, August 20th, at the Hi-Tone Café: Oracle and the Mountain, the Subteens, the Burning Sands, Kruxe, Tiger High. Emcees: Gary Parrish and Chris Vernon. 9 p.m. $10.
Sunday, August 21st, at the Hi-Tone Café: The Bo-Keys featuring Wayne Jackson of the Memphis Horns, Susan Marshall, John Kilzer. Emcee: Marvin Stockwell. 5:30 p.m. $10.