Featuring talented artists, local food vendors, and plenty of rockin’ music, this weekend’s Rock the Plank is sure to be a good time all in the name of a few good causes. Taking place this Saturday, August 4 at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Macomb, this year’s event proceeds will benefit two southeast Michigan-based cancer foundations; ChadTough Foundation and New Day Foundation for Families.
Both foundations help families facing cancer and all of the emotional and financial hardships that the disease brings. The ChadTough Foundation’s mission is to fund research and raise awareness of pediatric brain tumors. New Day Foundation for Families removes financial barriers to cancer treatment by paying household expenses and providing resources to help families manage the burdens of cancer.
Festivities begin at 2 p.m. with the event’s first ever arts and crafts market. Talented artists from all over Metro Detroit will display their works along with some great food trucks and side stages for local bands to perform. Darlene Piette, one of the event’s organizers, said that this year’s event is going for a different vibe than last year’s.
“We’re very excited about all of the different art vendors we have coming this year. There are going to be 50 vendors and we think there is going to be something for everybody,” Piette said.
The talent doesn’t stop at the arts and crafts market, however, as this year’s event features two talented Michigan-born musicians who will take the stage to close out the festival. The featured performer of the night is Josh Gracin, a top-four finalist on the second season of “American Idol.” Combining his love for country and R&B, Gracin has been releasing Billboard Hot Country singles left and right, and is currently on his Drink It Gone tour which has been sold out across the country.
Following Gracin will be Jalen Seawright, an incredible musician born and raised in Detroit. Seawright is currently a bass guitarist on Beyonce’s tour, but he’ll putting on a special show with his own 10-piece band for Rock the Plank.
This year’s Rock the Plank is guaranteed to be more than your typical free outdoor art festival and benefit concert, especially because of the foundations it is benefitting. For more information on this special event, visit Rock the Plank’s official website and Facebook page. You can also visit the New Day Foundation for Families and ChadTough Foundation websites to learn more on how you can help these tremendous causes.