For Immediate Release:
Sub Rosa Curation and Boys & Girls Club are proud to announce "Rock for Rockwood," a one day music festival taking place Sunday October 23rd, at 6:30 pm at Portland's Revolution Hall. Featuring M. Ward, The Thermals, The Helio Sequence, and Emily Wells, this concert will serve as a fundraiser with proceeds going to the new Boys & Girls Club facility in Rockwood, OR. This should be a truly special event that will leave a lasting positive impact on the youth and families of our community.
We're harnessing the power of Portland's amazing music community to raise money for a great cause. Proceeds from this event will be going towards the funding for a new $9.3 million Boys & Girls Club of Portland Metro in the east Multnomah County community of Rockwood. This state of the art facility couldn't coming at a better time for the youth of Rockwood, who in recent times have been suffering the most from Portland's growth, rising costs of living, and overall gentrification.
- With the mounting effects of gentrification throughout the inner-city of Portlandâ€™s eastside, along with the increasing scarcity of affordable housing, poverty in the Portland area has shifted east.
- 25% of families in the Rockwood area are living at or below the poverty level compared to 10% overall for Oregon
- Unemployment rates near 13% in Rockwood, compared to Oregon's 8% overall
- Nine out of 10 children living in Rockwood seek free or reduced lunch assistance
- With the largest concentration of youth under the age of 18 within the metro region, and few services available to children and families, Rockwood has led the State for lowest academic performance and arguably the highest incidences of juvenile crime in our regionâ€™s history.
- Of the 500 organizations serving children and families in the Portland-Metro area, only 15 are located within the Rockwood community.
- The Reynolds School District, serving Rockwood youth specifically, post 57.9% of students are on track to graduate on time, compared to the national rate of 80%
- Since 2006, gang related incidents across Multnomah County have increased 281%.
- At least 469 children were trafficked for sex in the Portland metro area from 2009-2013
- Boys & Girls Clubs locate in communities identified as having a high need for services to youth, providing them with a safe and secure place to be when school is not in session surrounded by caring staff.
- The new Rockwood Boys & Girls Club is anticipated to reach 2,500 youth and serve more than 60,000 meals annually.
- Rock for Rockwood is dedicated to raising much needed funds to help make this new Club a reality for young people in this very special community.
M. Ward, (10:00 - 11:00 pm) hailing from Portland, OR, is a singer-songwriter and producer. He has released a string of acclaimed solo albums over the past several years, along with five LPs with Zooey Deschanel as She & Him and a 2009 collaborative album with My Morning Jacketâ€™s Jim James, Bright Eyesâ€™ Conor Oberst and Mike Mogis under the moniker Monsters of Folk. In addition to his celebrated work as a musician, Ward is an accomplished producer, handling those duties for such luminaries as Mavis Staples, Jenny Lewis and more.
The Thermals (8:45 - 9:30 pm) are a post-pop-punk trio from pre-Portlandia-Portland, they have toured the world and released 6 records to critical acclaim. The darlings of the Portland music scene have matured as musicians but will never grow out of that screechy fast paced pop punk, full of love, aggression, politics, and electric guitar that we know them for. Their latest LP "We Disappear" was released on Saddle Creek Records earlier this year.
The Helio Sequence (7:45 - 8:30 pm) is another Pre-Portlandia staple and a Sub Pop gem taken out of our backyard, this time out of Beaverton, OR, a close suburb of Portland. This experimental alt-indie-rock duo has been tinkering, experimenting, and pushing the creative boundaries of their kaleidoscope rock for 20 years, along with recording and mixing the music of other notable musicians such as Shabbaz Palaces, Genders, Corrina Repp and many others.
Emily Wells, (7:00 - 7:30 pm) although originally from Amarillo, TX, has strong ties to Portland and is a classically trained violinist and multi-instrumentalist that incorporates cellos, violas and analog synths into her merge of classical and hip-hop and "us[es] a series of live loops, sample pads and acoustic drums to make rich and haunting neo-gospel with layers of strings and vocal harmonies." Having recently been a guest on Jimmy Fallon, she is on the verge of super-stardom.