Rock For Hope: Benefit Concert Gives Hope to Kids with Muscular Dystrophy

Rock for Hope is a series of muscular dystrophy benefit concerts in the San Francisco Bay Area. Some of the Bay Area's top musicians lend their great talent and big hearts to this sentimental occasion. Let the power of music help kids with muscular dystrophy have some hope. Join the Rock for Hope. All funds raised by the Rock for Hope go directly to Harvard University's leading research lab in an attempt to find a cure for muscular dystrophy.

The Rock for Hope has been held at the legendary Sweetwater Saloon in Mill Valley and the Sweetwater Station in Larkspur, CA. Musician’s featured in the Rock for Hope include international stars such as two-time Emmy Award winner on bass guitar, the funky king, Tony Saunders. Also laying down the bass beat, Satriani's brilliant bass shredder, Stu Hamm. Former studio bassist for Windham Hill, Michael Manring, “the Manthing,” plays extra terrestrial bass for the Rock for Hope.  Check out the duets of these great bass players in the video gallery.  John Allair, with over 40 years on piano with Van Morrison's band, rips though the keyboard like he has four hands. Jude Gold, Associate Editor of Guitar Player Magazine and Director of the Guitar Institute of Technology takes us to school on the frets. A founding member of Tower of Power, Skip Mesquite, blasts out some hope on the sax. Dorothy Morrison, lead singer and co-author of the gospel classic "Oh, Happy Day" brings the power of the church to the benefit show. Check-out her sentimental rendition of “Oh, Happy Day” in the video gallery where Dorothy captures the spirit of the Rock for Hope and pays tribute to the kids with muscular dystrophy.  These stars were joined by other talented musicians that let it rip at the muscular dystrophy benefit to help give the kids some hope.

Muscular dystrophy is a hereditary muscle disease that causes progressive muscle weakness. With Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, the most prevalent form of the disease, kids are generally in a wheel-chair by the time they are 12 years old and rarely survive beyond their early 30's. Scientists have yet to find a cure for this miserable disease that takes away our young loved ones. With current scientific developments, however, we all have reason to hope for a cure.

Read more about top MD research scientist Brian Tseng and his team's progress towards the cure. Every penny of your concert/raffle ticket or donation goes directly to the research lab to help find a cure for kids with muscular dystrophy.

The expenses incurred by the Rock for Hope are donated by Brian & Krista Sharp. The inspiration for the benefit concert is drawn from Brian's nephew Ian Sharp, now 16 years old and experiencing the symptoms of Becker Muscular Dystrophy, as well as the annual Hike for Hope benefit founded by Brian's brother, Bob Sharp and his wife Carole.

To find out more about muscular dystrophy and Rock for Hope partners in finding the cure, check out: Hike for Hope Foundation & Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy.