Musicians all around the region are coming together to perform for a cause near and dear to one local man’s heart. Adam Forsthoefel, lead singer of the band The Grove, helped create a benefit concert four years ago, Rock n’ Revival for a Cure, to raise money and awareness for a type of cancer his father died from.
The American Brain Tumor Association said Glioblastoma is a cancer in the brain where tumor cells reproduce and divide at any given time. The age range for this disease is late 40s to early 60s.
Forsthoefel says his father was a very healthy man and he was in shock to find out he only had two years to live. “He was 54 years old, perfectly healthy, going to work, you would never expect something like this,” said Forsthoefel. “He would go biking and he'd go seven miles perfectly fine, you know?”
In 2014, Rock n’ Revival for a Cure was born and was held at the Southgate House Revival. It was way to raise money for the John Forsthoefel for Glioblastoma Research Fund and awareness for the disease.
“I also wanted to put this together to show how appreciated he was,” said Forsthoefel.
Throughout the years, $21,000 was raised and Forsthoefel wants this event to continue grow. “That's kind of the goal, we want to make this bigger and bigger every year,” said Forsthoefel.
Twenty-five local and regional bands will be playing and all of the proceeds will go to the John Forsthoefel for Glioblastoma Research Fund. The bands playing include Lemon Sky, See You in the Funnies, Triiibe, and many more.
Some added features include a Super Mario tournament, a light show during The Grove’s set as well as guest musicians. Food trucks such as Eli’s BBQ, Taco Oso, and Just Jerks will be there. There will also be Raffles and some of the prizes include concert tickets to Riverbend Music Center and U.S. Bank Arena.
Forsthoefel said if musicians want to book for next year’s event, to contact him or The Grove.
Rock n’ Revival for a Cure will be held at The Southgate House Revival on Saturday, March 9th. Doors open at 1:30 p.m. and the show starts at 2:00 p.m. Tickets for the event are $10 in advanced and $15 at the door.