Giving Rocks Unplugged 2019 is back and bigger than ever. Kick off your weekend with music that’s not only good for the soul but benefits a worthwhile cause. Giving Rocks Unplugged prides itself on great music, homemade Italian food and drinks. However, the night is mostly about raising money for pediatric cancer research.
We’re excited to feature an amazing lineup of musical talent:
Corky Siegel is known internationally as one of the worlds great blues harmonica players, and is a celebrated composer, blues pianist, singer, songwriter, band leader and author. He has been honored with the Illinois Arts Council Fellowship Award for Music Composition, the Chicago Music Awards Lifetime Achievement Award, and induction into the Chicago Blues Hall of Fame. Corky continues to appear internationally as guest soloist with symphony orchestras around the world including the New York Philharmonic, Orchestra de la Suisse Romande, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Orquestra Metropolitana De Lisbon in Portugal, the Orchestre Symphonique de Montreal, the NHK Symphony in Japan, and the Philadelphia Orchestra with Maestro Charles Dutoit.
Mark Wehner is singer songwriter whose desire to be a musician was born at age 6, when his older brother played him Bohemian Rhapsody for the first time. Currently a Sophomore at Highland Park High School, Mark sings in both Chorale and Swing Choir and plays keys in the Jazz Band. He also performs outside of school as both a solo artist and with his funk-pop band.
Sophie Varonies, Noa Dayan and Kathryn Handler (a.k.a. SNK) realized their three voices blended beautifully during Freshmen Choir at Highland Park High and have been singing acapella pop ever since. Sophie has a passion for musical theater that started at a very young age. She has performed in many local musical productions and choirs. Noa grew up in a musical family and was exposed to music and theater early on. Noa also taught herself to play piano and has been in several musical productions. Kathryn has been playing piano since she was 6, and picked up the guitar last summer. She enjoys music theory and songwriting, and found that playing musical instruments has strengthened her singing prowess.
Giving Rocks Foundation is a 501c3 non-profit that was created in 2012 from the love and support that resulted from now 21-year old Syd Martin’s personal battle with LCH, a little known, potentially fatal disease impacting 1 in 200,000 children primarily under the age of 10. The Wilmette-based foundation delivers on their mission through merchandise sales, participation in events such as Lollapalooza and Wanderlust, and using their branded rock necklaces to build excitement, educate communities and raise funds to find a cure for LCH and pediatric cancer. To date, Giving Rocks Foundation has raised more than $700,000 to date. For more information go to www.givingrocksfoundation.org.