The sixth annual Rockin’ Out Alzheimer’s will be held on March 2 at the Georgia Southern University Performing Arts Center, and will feature the Yacht Rock Schooner Band.
Known for being the “smoothest dance party on the high seas,” Yacht Rock Schooner is an eight-man band comprised of some of Atlanta’s top players, featuring a dual keyboard setup, multiple ace vocalists and a slammin’ sax man. For those who love the music of the 1970s and 80s — from artists like Hall & Oates, Steely Dan, Kenny Loggins and Michael McDonald — this will be a night you’ll remember.
Rockin’ Out Alzheimer’s has become an annual tradition in Statesboro, raising money for Alzheimer’s. In 2016, the show raised $38,600, and organizers last year expected the total to exceed $40,000 — and it did. Last year’s show, which featured Tony Kishman in “Live and Let Die: A Tribute to Paul McCartney,” raised just over $50,000.
“This year, we hope to raise over $60,000,” said Chandler Dennard, part of the organizing committee for the event. In its six-year history, the event has raised almost $150,000.
“Combined with the Striking Out Alzheimer’s softball tournament, we hope to go over $300,000, raised for Alzheimer’s research. We have 10 committee members that put in a lot of time to make sure this is a premier event. I hope everyone will come out on March 2 to have a good time for a great cause. We have had some great bands over the last five years, but this may be one of our best,” he said.
Dennard said the committee wishes to thank the event’s presenting sponsors, Wells Fargo, Wal-Mart, Bulloch Broadband, Willow Pond Senior Care, Synovus, Metter Ford and Swainsboro Ford. They also expressed gratitude to the Bulloch County Sheriff’s Office, which held a Boston butt sale as a fundraiser.
Dennard’s fellow committee member Julie Stone said choosing Yacht Rock Schooner was an easy choice.
“We were trying to find easy listening, a band to cover a broad spectrum of people. They cover the 70s and 80s, that genre,” she said. “So rather than limit it to what we’ve always done, which is the tribute band, this is just easy listening, enjoyable music to reach a lot of people. We’re hoping the attendance will reflect that.”
Funds raised support ongoing services in the Statesboro area, including a 24/7 helpline (1-800-272-3900), professional training, educational programs, multilingual information, Medic-Alert Safe Return bracelets and more.
"We provide services locally to those affected by Alzheimer's, advocate for policy change and scientific funding, and advance research toward prevention, treatment and ultimately a cure. We are able to do that because of the commitment of our generous donors and dedicated volunteers that organize fundraising events like our annual Rockin' Out Alzheimer's concert. Because of these volunteers, we are able to offer free services to families locally and throughout the state of Georgia, to families navigating this awful disease," said Casey Corley, director of Constituent Events for the Alzheimer’s Association, Georgia Chapter.
Yacht Rock Schooner takes the stage at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 and are available at www.etix.com.