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:
Mark Wehner is singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist 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 Junior at Highland Park High School, Mark sings in Chorale, Madrigals and Swing Choir and plays piano in the HPHS Jazz Band. He also performs outside of school as a solo artist and with other North Shore musicians. Mark is a huge fan of the Martin Family and has been a proud participant in Giving Rocks since his first appearance in 2017.
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.
Saige Chaseley is a singer, actress and competitive figure skater. After playing piano and violin for seven years, Saige is currently focusing on voice and has recently performed in the musical, Matilda, at Drury Lane Theatre and in the Children’s Ensemble of Into the Woods at the Writers Theatre. She’s delighted and honored to be performing at Giving Rocks to help raise money for pediatric cancer research.
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.