Some people feel the younger generation wants everything handed to them and doesn’t want to work hard for the things that matter. Well, that just isn’t true.
While many young people took the summer off to kick back and relax, one young lady spent her time figuring out how she could help others.
After seeing the devastation from the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico day after day, Tara Taylor decided to do something about it. Tara, a graduate student at Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan combined her love of music with her helping spirit to plan one the most exciting events I’ve ever attended – – and she called it, “Rock to Save the Gulf”.
Networking with friend Chad Nicefield, manager at Crofoot’s Ballroom in Pontiac, Tara picked September 17th as the date and began calling people who have up-and-coming bands in Michigan. Eventually, the number grew from three to five. Then Gabi Jaye of The Oakland Press, recognizing the unique venue for a fund raiser, wrote a great piece on August 22nd about the event planned for September 17th: http://t.co/y6B4mOQ via @theoaklandpress
This really started the ball rolling. When Tara signed a band called “Rocky Loves Emily”, Chad realized he had to move the event into the largest ballroom. From Grand Rapids, a great band called Brena signed on the complete the list of seven performers. From Detroit, Hour Magazine agreed to send a photographer to cover the event. Everything was set – – – except for getting the people who would attend.
Crofoot’s printed up the admission tickets and Tara was off selling as many as possible. For starters, each band was to sell 20 tickets to their followers. Up went a webpage on Facebook; then friend Amanda Huey designed a T-shirt logo and Fams Printing stepped up to create and donate the shirts for Tara and friends to sell. When school started up in early September, Tara was balancing graduate classes, her new TA position, and selling Rock to Save the Gulf tickets on campus simultaneously. All of her friends joined in with their hard work to help make it a success. We all wondered how it would turn out …
Then last Friday — the 17th of September — we traveled to downtown Pontiac for the show.
First up was Squid the Whale, followed by Bat on Fire, The Boys of Summer, and Brena. Next up, Rocky Loves Emily then Avantan Street Scene took to the stage before closing the night with Wilson.
All of these are terrific bands that will do very well in the music world. Personally, I thought Rocky Loves Emily wowed the crowd and Brena, the group from Grand Rapids, really blew me away. All Brena needs is a good promoter to go all the way to the top. Here is a video they filmed a few weeks ago highlighting one of their tunes, “Career Girl”. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CJQm8EpoXIE
So, don’t tell me young people don’t care or won’t work hard. The people, bands and companies mentioned above came together for a good cause … and I couldn’t be prouder. And oh, did I mention … Tara is my daughter? 🙂