Monday, May 7, 2018


May 4, 2018 – Providence, RI – The Hands That Rock (HTR), a non-profit organization providing massage therapy at music festivals and special events to raise money for underserved community music programs nationally, is pleased to announce the first annual Hands That Rock Tribute Band Festival, an event that will focus on raising needed funds to support music scholarships for Narragansett and South Kingstown High School students. The event takes place on Saturday, September 15, 2018 at 3:00 PM at the Bonnet Shores Beach Club in Narragansett, Rhode Island and features tribute performances by Total Access (Chicago), Merchants of Cool (Foreigner) and Barefoot Rebel (Lynyrd Skynyrd). This flagship production will become the model for future events to be produced by HTR by local residents in all 50 states.

“We are very excited to be hosting this important program supporting music scholarships in our home state of Rhode Island,” says Darcy Lynch, executive director. “Since inception in 2012, we have raised tens of thousands of dollars for underserved music programs through providing chair massage services for audiences at major concerts and festivals featuring superstar acts such as Bon Jovi and Katie Perry, to name a few. Needed dollars were donated to music programs in need local to each concert venue or to national child-oriented organizations. While this avenue of endeavor has been very successful for our mission, we wanted to create an event model that focuses on local school districts and music education programs that can be easily repeated in towns and cities across America. Our Tribute Band Festival is that vehicle and we believe this will be very successful.”

Tribute Band Festival kicks off at 3:00 PM at the Beach Club pavilion with tickets set at $35. Light beach fare will be served (cash bar), a silent auction of rock memorabilia and donations from local businesses, and a musical instrument donation drive round out the fundraising festivities.

“Each tribute band will deliver stunning performances of the three 1970’s era music giants,” continues Lynch. “We are looking for additional business support for our efforts through raffle donations and sponsorships. The excitement is growing for this event, so interested parties can contact me through the Hands That Rock website ( or email at Tickets can be purchased on the home page. Please join us for this important cause – a splendid time is guaranteed for all.”